HE child with an EHCP (SEN)

(4 Posts)
3Kids3 Thu 24-Mar-16 12:18:01

My daughter is year 6 and attends our local mainstream school but has 1:1 support for every hour in class for her ADD and Dyspraxia.

The school are supportive but she is miserable and has asked if I could home school her for the summer term. Her confidence has plummeted since expectations were raised as she just can't keep up.We don't want to consider A SEN school.

Does anyone have experience of HE a child with funding attached to their education?
Thanks!

Saracen Thu 24-Mar-16 15:32:32

I'm really sorry to hear your daughter has been so unhappy! Sounds like home education is well worth considering.

I home educate a child with special needs but she has never been in school and has never needed a statement or EHCP.

There are people on this board who are quite knowledgeable on the subject, however! Did you have specific questions?

Ineedmorepatience Sun 27-Mar-16 17:21:43

I home ed my 13 yr old Dd, she has Asd and some other stuff. She has a statement but we dont get any funding. I would recommend joining some home ed face book groups, there are some good ones relating to Home edding children with special needs.

You would need to show that there are no schools local to you that could meet her needs before you would be able to get HE named on her EHCP and get funding I think.

Good luck flowers

QueenStreaky Sun 27-Mar-16 18:51:31

In most cases, the funding that goes with SEN is to support the child in the school environment. Very often that particular kind of support isn't needed once the child is home educated - you may find that many of the difficulties she's experiencing are stress-related (especially as she has ADD) and will reduce once she's home educated, though it's by no means a miracle cure and it may take some time before she's settled.

Ineed is right that in order to get specific funding for HE you need to get it named as the recommended placement on the EHCP or statement, and in order to do that you will have to show that no school nearby can meet her needs. In that case the LA would be obliged to fund.

A lot of home educators question the value of a statement or EHCP if the child isn't in school, but it's worth hanging on to as an insurance policy. The LA is obliged to maintain it and it can't be stopped unless it's agreed that it's no longer necessary. It's worth remembering that none of us knows what lies ahead and your plans to HE might change, and you could find you urgently need a school place at some point. In that case, having an EHCP would ensure a degree of support in place from the outset and a review would quickly bring things up to date. It's also handy to have a documented history of need for when the child is older and might want to go to college, so you can demonstrate the need has always been there and have more assurance of getting learner support in that setting too.

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