Rules about a TA teaching

(79 Posts)
racetothebottom Fri 13-Sep-13 21:25:19

My son is out of school because he has Asperger's and is unable to cope with his setting.

School and all the professionals supporting him agree he should be taught at home.

We are currently paying for tutors and the hope was LA would take over this. They are in breach of their duty to educate as they are doing nothing despite the fact he has a statement.

They have now said they want school to send a TA to teach him at home until January when they will review.

His head is not happy and is seeking advice as he believes a TA should not be teaching.

I am sure this must be right but what is the law on this?

Ragusa Fri 13-Sep-13 22:21:39

There are rules on TAs teaching in maintained schools but these would not be relevant for education otherwise I don't think. There may be contractual problems in deploying a TA in this way I guess....
Main issue sounds as if it's that the LA are not meeting their statutory duties and their solutions are rubbish....

Have you tried IPSEA? They are good. Feel for you

racetothebottom Fri 13-Sep-13 22:25:03

Thanks. If TAs can't teach unsupervised in mainstream schools, I was assuming they can't provide unsupervised education outside school either as this would be even less supervised!!

FannyMcNally Sat 14-Sep-13 07:06:32

Most TAs work unsupervised out of the classroom with catch-up groups, phonics etc. The work is planned or authorised by the teacher and prepped and delivered by the TA. I'm assuming the same sort of plan would happen here.

Dwinhofficoffi Sat 14-Sep-13 07:17:20

I am a Learning Support and I have done it. It did need permission from the head of education in my LEA but it was done. (Child had an illess so at times was susceptible to getting bugs etc) My job involved going to the house with a selection of work and working with the child.

Dwinhofficoffi Sat 14-Sep-13 07:17:58

In the end I planned my own sessions as I knew what he could cope with.

racetothebottom Sat 14-Sep-13 07:50:53

There are statutory Regulations on this when it comes to actually teaching a child which a TA sent 25 minutes away from school to a child's home would be doing.

She would be left on her own to deliver a lesson and this is not for just a short period but for four months.

There is also guidance about the quality of provision a child out of school will get.

It is one thing for a child to be in a booster group or catch up group for half an hour outside a class. It's quite another for a child's only educational provision to be a TA with no contact with a teacher.

Is this not what home tutors are for?

It's all about money.

thecatfromjapan Sat 14-Sep-13 08:03:19

What about getting in touch with a teaching union? They will have access to proper, professional, up-to-date legal advice on this area of employment law, and I suspect your interests will coincide quite strongly.

Hope you're OK, generally And I'm guessing that you know about the SN boards on mn. smile

thecatfromjapan Sat 14-Sep-13 08:04:17

Sometimes, LEAs can be stunningly shit. You;d think that human empathy would triumph, but no. Not always.

racetothebottom Sat 14-Sep-13 08:09:17

Thanks very much.

mrz Sat 14-Sep-13 08:47:11

"Most TAs work unsupervised out of the classroom with catch-up groups" - supervised doesn't mean the teacher stands over them watching their every move (it would be a waste of the teacher's time and totally pointless) the teacher should be directing the TA and ensuring they deliver the lesson effectively. Personally I disagree with withdrawing children from lessons and sending them off with a TA but that's another thread altogether)

racetothebottom Sat 14-Sep-13 11:52:00

I agree. Indeed, DS's school doesn't use TAs at all save for named children with statements. Teachers are employed instead. This means, for example, a mixed Y3/4 class has two teachers working in it and groups are taken out by teachers and not TAs

NynaevesSister Sat 14-Sep-13 18:45:21

Our school uses HLTAs for these purposes, and all of them are exceptionally good. Usually they are preparing to do or are doing their PGCE too.

There are also TAs I'd be happy with too. Our TA in Reception was so good it was like having two teachers in class. If she had been sent to tutor my son in those circumstances I would have been thrilled.

KatyPutTheCuttleOn Sat 14-Sep-13 18:49:58

Personally I'd prefer a good TA to teach than a supply teacher, the TA knows the class and their foibles and abilities.

mymatemax Sat 14-Sep-13 18:52:16

what are the rules on this in a class as my sons class has a HLTA timetabled to teach them one afternoon each week.

Mynewmoniker Sat 14-Sep-13 18:57:43

I'll be flamed I know but...

TAs 'teaching'; doing the job that teachers have been to college/university to train to do for years reeks of cheap, cost-cutting methods.

I know there are brilliant TAs but until they are fully qualified schools should stop taking advantage of these SUPPORT workers.

I hope your son is offered a fully qualified teacher whilst he's off.

<waits for kickback>

mrz Sat 14-Sep-13 19:01:27

NynaevesSister my objection has nothing to do with the who more with the fact that withdrawing a child be it by a qualified teacher, HLTA or TA means that child is missing out on being taught the things being taught to their peers ... so the gap grow and grows

thecatfromjapan Sat 14-Sep-13 21:28:39

The LEA are supposed to provide an education and, as far as I understand it, if for some reason the school/the educational provider they put in place they allocate a child state/s that they are unable to provide an adequate education, it is usual for the LEA to fund alternatives.

At the moment, the OP is paying, the school HEad seems to be in agreement that the school provided by the LEA isn;t able to support the education of the OP's child,, and the LEA is offering a TA.

I would be pretty surprised if that is invulnerable to legal challenge.

In all the situations I've come across, the LEAs have paid for/subsidised the alternatives researched by the parent(s) (which have tended to be pretty good, in my limited experience).

But I am no legal person. The OP needs legal help with this. She probably doesn't need various opinions on the pros and cons of TAs teaching.

thecatfromjapan Sat 14-Sep-13 21:43:09

I'm sorry. I'm not very well and I'm grouchy.

I'm (probably irrationally) cross that the OP and her child are clearly not getting the support that they should have and that she is almost certainly going to have quite a bit of hassle getting that support, and the information to make her case. A case that she really shouldn't have to be having to present in the first place.

tethersend Sat 14-Sep-13 21:46:22

Has the school specifically said that they cannot educate your son?

Are you happy with him being educated at home?

racetothebottom Sat 14-Sep-13 23:17:04

Thanks. I appreciate all your views.

We tried for 6 months to settle my son in school. I even ended up twking him in to school and staying him with him. He has just not been able to cope with the class and his peers as he has matured.

But he is very happy out of school and works hard with his tutor. Everyone can see that this works and is the best option for now

We are prepared to accommodate this as an option in light of the absence of decent special schools - in fact Im not sure a special school would suit. Even the independent SS we have seen aren't a good match as he is bright and it seems hard to accommodate bright children with AS but high levels of anxiety.

But we don't see why he should end up being taught at home by a TA. However efficient and skilled. A TA is not a teacher and parents would not be happy with their non-disabled kids in school being taught solely by a TA with no access to a teacher.

racetothebottom Sat 14-Sep-13 23:17:50

Yes, school has said they cannot support him and he is getting no benefit from being there and I totally agree.

Ragusa Sat 14-Sep-13 23:28:40

I really would recommend that you speak to IPSEA or another similar advice org as soon as poss. IIRC there can be issues if you are deemed to be 'voluntarily' home educating a child with a statement of sen (I know you're not necessarily, but....) namely that the LA is no longer required to provide the provision on the statement although they are still obliged to review statement annually.

Ragusa Sat 14-Sep-13 23:38:46

Is the current school named on the statement? If so you may need to ask for statement to be reviewed.

racetothebottom Sat 14-Sep-13 23:40:16

Thanks very much. He is on the school roll so we are not home educating. School cannot take him off the roll legally and the LA won't offer an alternative but they have agreed he shouldn't be in school.

However, they want him educated by a TA rather than a tutor.

We are getting legal advice but I wondered if there were any specific rules. The LA has to offer a 'suitable education' to very child under the Education Act. Being tutored solely by a TA for the next 4 months does not sound like it meets that test to me

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 09:25:32

Just to mention that I have found some regulations which apply in school - the Education (Specified Work) (England) Regulations 2012 - which seem to say that the head has the power to allow TAs to take on specified activities like delivering a lesson but one of the things they can take into account is whether the TA is HLTA qualified.

Our head wholly disagrees with the stance of the LA. But they never cease to amaze me in their unstinting desire to undermine every suggestion of provision for my son.

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 11:29:50

Are the school acting legally through having him on role but not in school, untill they ecide what to do? do you know what he is marked on the registrar as?

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 11:39:19

He will be marked as being educated off site
Is the school intending to plan for your child with the TA delivering the teacher's planned lessons?

Dwinhofficoffi Sun 15-Sep-13 11:42:27

Race I think you need some advice from IPSEA or if in Wales SNAP Cymru. What they are offering is not good enough. Has your child got a statement? PS how old is he?

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 11:49:21

But Mrz isn't it the case that can only be done if alternative arrangements are in place, they have not yet began alternative provision, therefore is this not an illegal exclusion?

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 11:59:47

It isn't an exclusion
there are all kinds of reasons why a child may be educated off site not just exclusion

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 12:00:56

With supervised educational provision. This is not supervised provision yet.

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 12:08:23

I don't know too much OP about how this would play out with legal advice but I do know some wchools do not know how to lawfully manage such situations. but I would insist you know what mark your dc is being given and if it is a "B" educated off site I would insist this changes to a "c" other authorised absence if you are happy with arrangement or if you are not happy I would insist they exclude him officially and give him a mark of "E". Infect I would be inclined to push for an "E" until they decide what they do. Otherwise they need to have him in school with the adequate 1:1 they are suggesting should happen out of school.

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 13:13:55

Thank you so much for your helpful posts.

A barrister will now be looking at this for us next week .

Just to be clear, this is not school's fault. An agreement was made with all parties involved (all health professionals, ed psych and school and us) last term that DS could not cope and he should be offered an alternative education package outside school under s 319 education act.

This went to the LA who ignored what everyone said, refused to alter his statement, and said they wanted to plan for re-integration. In the meantime, they are demanding school send a TA to support him at home.

DS was being marked as being off for medical reasons which triggers the LA's responsibility to do something now - irrespective of what they decide to do with the statement long-term.

However, they have just dumped it all back on the school and said they have agreed that a TA will be sent out.

Head has not agreed this and believes he needs tutoring outside school not a TA. We agree and have paid for a tutor ourselves to see if this works and it has been working brilliantly.

LA are just forcing us to take legal action before they do anything.They are utterly disgraceful.

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 13:17:46

I'm unclear ...has the OPs son been excluded or is it their choice supported by the school/other professionals that he is educated in the home?

What the LEA is suggesting is quite normal for children not attending school for whatever reason in the short term...

Ragusa Sun 15-Sep-13 13:25:36

Great you are getting a barister on this but shameful it shoukd be necessary. If you have formally asked for a reassessment and LA has formally refused to do so, you will be able to go to the First Tier Tribunal to challenge this decision.

Mynewmoniker Sun 15-Sep-13 13:26:07

They are a disgrace OP. I agree. You sound very able, if frustrated, in dealing with this.

I always worry for the parents that aren't able. They must get steam-rollered. It's hard enough having a kid with a condition without having to fight his corner with the 'professionals' all the time.

Chin up. thanks

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 13:26:16

Seems like the school and LA are digging their heels in. I hope a barrister will get your ds what he needs.

Is he in his last year of school?

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 13:40:26

Mrz - it is not a choice. My son has Asperger's and cannot cope with school so we have had to adapt to this. I wish he could cope and that life would be 'normal' as it is for other families who are able to drop their kids off at school and see teachers only at parents eve!

But he cannot so we have had to re-organise our work and family life because the LA have nowhere to put him so we suggested an out of school package.

If we refuse to accommodate him being educated at home, the LA would not know what to do with him or where to place him.

So I take great exception to them deciding that he doesn't even merit a teacher. No other parent would except their child being taught exclusively by a parent. Why should we just because he can't be in school because of his disability?

Mynewmoniker - I agree entirely with you. The SEN system is an absolute disgrace.

Canthisone - yes - Y6

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 13:41:09

exclusively by a tutor.

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 13:44:41

Is s. 139 only relevant to post 16 education?

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 13:55:15

racetothebottom my son also has Apergers and it is a "choice" although it may feel as if circumstances dictate unless he has been excluded by the school

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 14:02:16

Er how is it a choice?hmm Should all those involved frag him into school? Or perhaps we could invent there is a special school nearby where he would go?

It would be imaginary of course as none exist.

He is has been in and out of schools for 3 years.

Children with AS are not all the same.

Do tell me what the choice is.

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 14:03:02

drag - obviously.

I am glad your son can cope with school but please don't assume this means that every child can.

FannyMcNally Sun 15-Sep-13 14:10:56

It sounds like the school are on your side. If your son was de-registered from the school would the LA be forced to act? It sounds like they are leaving it to the school at the moment.

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 14:15:45

My son couldn't cope with school and yes I had to drag him in and hand him over and hope he didn't get home before me ... for two years the school "educated" him alone - him working unsupervised in what amounted to a cupboard off the school library on work provided by the teacher ... so don't assume you are the only one

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 14:30:03

The problem is that it shouldn't be a case of school or home it should be a case of tailored education provided by the education authority or registered school. I'm not sure the rights and wherefores between the school and LA but someone should be making suitable provision it should not fall onto the parents to accommodate the child at home.

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 14:34:01

No it shouldn't but it seems the OP feels they had no choice but to keep their child at home which complicates things

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 14:38:39

I don't think she has though has she? I think it's a short term measure, which I agree sounds doubious but not on ops part, until alternative provision has been arranged. I think OP has shown patience with the school and LA I don't think she has solely decided to keep him off school.

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 14:46:31

I can't tell from the OPs posts how long the situation has been in effect

tethersend Sun 15-Sep-13 15:05:09

It is important to know who made the decision to keep him at home- if it was the school, then this amounts to an illegal exclusion. If it was the OP, then things are different.

If the OP were to change her mind and send her son to school tomorrow, what would the school say?

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 17:47:31

Mrz - I am not assuming I am the only one and I am sorry that happened to your son but it is unlawful to treat a child like that as they are not having their needs met.

I was trying to keep info limited as, bizarrely, LAs have been no to pick up info from these boards.

But this has been going on since February. I effectively gave up work for three months last academic year - I freelance - to take my child into school every single day.

He then sat, in a corridor, or staffroom, with me, trying to work.

He wouldn't speak to or play with any children. He couldn't access the curriculum. He would not work with anyone but me.

The decision that school was damaging his mental health was taken by a multi-disciplinary meeting. They agreed he was not accessing the curriculum, he was being excluded in an inclusive environment and that an alternative placement should be sought.

This decision was also supported by medical evidence. CAMHS agreed he needed his educational setting sorting.

So, we looked at schools. Nothing suitable. So a meeting of all professionals, school and us, decided to try tutors. This worked really well and a recommendation was made to the LA.

Their response: send a TA home and go back to CAMHS.

So - I don't have any choice. He can't go to school because he can't cope (agreed by all parties) and there is nowhere else.

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 17:51:40

This is illegal exclusion OP, as it sonds like you have been forced into this decision. I know it's not ideal but I'm afraid I would be taking him to school OP even if you are staying with him.

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 17:54:13

Basically the LA are putting the ball in the schools corner and the school are shifting it your corner, I fear the whole time he is at home it's no ones problem but yours. If you have him in school it remains the schools problem and they can shift it Back to the LA but currently the school and the LA have a win win situation and you are in the meantime coping alone with this whole situation.

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 17:57:20

We have not been forced, we have decided, with all the other parties, that it is in DS' best interests to be educated at school.

If I continued to take him into school and sit in a corridor with him, how would that help? The LAS would be perfectly happy to let me waste my time doing that and he would be getting nothing out of it.

More than that it would be very damaging to his well-being.

This was a joint decision, taken when an alternative had been identified - an out of school package.

The LA seem to think this means a TA. I think the law is against them on this.

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 17:59:01

The school are involved because the LA are trying to force them to send a TA when they do not want to and don't see it as being in his best interests or lawful.

I think we will end up in a judicial review. But what a waste of public money. Tutors cost less that the TAs wages.

Its lunacy.

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 18:12:41

Is it an "official" joint agreement in writing with all the ts crossed and i-s dotted because I was warned that keeping my child home effectively let the school/LEA off the hook.
It is very common for TAs to provide this type of home "education" under the direction of a teacher (ie the teacher tells the TA what to do and the TA reports back)

tethersend Sun 15-Sep-13 18:51:08

Since your son has a statement, the school will struggle to permanently exclude him on the grounds of the needs he is statemented for. However, they can say that they can no longer meet his needs- and this is the truth.

A TA working 1:1 with him at home is unlikely to meet his educational needs in the long term; so either a long term plan needs to be made involving a team of tutors (at least one of whom is qualified, although this may not be a legal requirement), or a long term plan involving reintegration into school. Only the latter would justify 1:1 sessions with a TA IMO.

Since nobody seems to be recommending reintegration (what did they recommend as a long-term plan, BTW?), then it is clear that the school cannot meet his needs and another provision needs to be named on his statement. When was his last Annual Review?

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 18:54:11

The LEA has said the TA arrangement is until the end of term tethersend which in my opinion is a long time for this kind of arrangement.

tethersend Sun 15-Sep-13 18:58:21

Sorry mrz, missed that.

The end of term is very far away, and suggests that no reintegration back into school has been planned. In which case, what is the longer term plan? Where do they see him at the end of the academic year? Next year? For the rest of his primary education?

Any plan needs to consider this.

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 18:59:38

From my point of view race, but that is just a point of view and think you having a barrister involved is right. But my point of view and my understanding of the law is that what is happening is not exactly lawfull.

You say you haven't been forced, but it seems neither have you had your sons rights fully explained to you. Like I said I'm no expert and as always the law is interpretable. But I fear that this has been sold to you as a joint decision, and there being no alternative right now. Because otherwise the school would have to exclude him and follow the exclusion guidelines to the letter, no doubt they feel they have their hands tied by the LA who do not seem to have your sons needs fully understood, but the schoo at the moment remain responsible for his provision.

I would not be so confident that because it is a multi disciplinary decision that is within the law, because it does sound very dubious, they are all lucky all round that they have your backing and sadly that happens all too often with illegal exclusions, is that parents don't often recognise it as such and it can be explained away as being the only option.

I'm not sure about the TA thing, who is responsible for picking up the bill? I'm assuming it is the school? Do they need the LAs final say in wether they provide a TA or a tutor? Why does the LA need to have the final say?

I think the use in going to school is that this will push the matter back into the hands of the school and the LA and I'm sure the results will be faster reached well before the next ousted inspection as I'm sure they would be asking pertinent questions to see a pupil being educated by his parent in the corridors indefinitely.

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 19:16:44

The school is responsible for paying the TA as long as the OPs child is on roll

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 19:22:20

So does the LA have to have the final say in weather it's a TA or tutor though, if a tutor is cheaper can the a the school not employ a tutor, or are the LA suggesting just send an dieting TA, therefore no extra costs?

mrz Sun 15-Sep-13 19:35:37

I'm still unsure about the status of the situation .. the OPs says it is a joint agreement but as there is nothing in place for her son and she has employed a tutor it seems unlikely that anything has been officially agreed with the LEA hence dragging feet and reluctance. It's unlikely a school or LEA would use their budget to employ a tutor in my experience.

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 20:00:39

Thank you so much for your input.

We tried very hard to keep him in school but it clearly wasn't in his best interests and he was becoming very distressed. So we had two lengthy meetings to consider alternatives and agree something.

The problem is that it then went to the so-called 'SEN Panel' who just ignored teverything and said effectively - we are considerinf reintegration and want more assessments and an interim arrangement until they are obtained under which he is educated by a TA.

My son has loads of people invpolevd with him and has been assessed and tested to within an inch of his life.

Further, all those involved, including us, absolutely believe that that reintegration would be against his best interests and damaging to him mental health.

LA don't care, they are playing for time - every month's delay in sorting out a package, is a month of costs saved.

So they would rather force a vulnerable child through loads of unnecessary assessments and threaten reintegration against everyone's clear advice (including the EP) than sort this out.

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 20:04:05

Sorry about typos- I'm reduced to working weekends at present so fingers are giving up with two days of solid typing.

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 20:07:36

I should add school has done everything they can. It is not in his interests to be in school and they would not stop him returning if they thought it was. We are in complete consensus that he needs something else.

The LA are failing to educate him by not putting something in place. The TA thing is an attempt to fend off a JR action for this.

If he comes off the roll, he loses all the provision in the statement but it is the LA's fault he remains on the roll as they want provide any education.

Inclusionist Sun 15-Sep-13 20:11:40

I haven't read the whole thread (apologies). Has a specialist setting been ruled out?

How close is the nearest specialist setting that would be able to meet his needs?

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 20:18:57

I would be carefull being in so much agreement that he should not be in school, what you need to be pushing as far as I can see is that spcialist provision is to be explored. I just fear that your agreement will eventually lead to him coming off role and you agreeing to home ed him, which may not be in his best interest either.

What social provision is there locally?

Canthisonebeused Sun 15-Sep-13 20:19:23

Special provision that should be

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 20:29:39

We have looked and there is nothing that would suit. But I suspect this is what the LA are dragging their heels about too.

The nearest possibly appropriate school is an independent special school which charges 60k a year!

He has other physical disabilities and complex needs and we are not sure any kind of school would suit him.

I think he needs to do things differently and flexibly but the system doesn't work like that.

Dwinhofficoffi Sun 15-Sep-13 20:42:05

OP have you spoken to IPSEA? Or an Advocacy team? I am in Wales and Snap Cymru help families of children with Additional needs as they know the law and how what and who to use to get results for the family.

Inclusionist Sun 15-Sep-13 21:44:51

Yes, they will be stalling you if the most appropriate provision costs £60k.

That is nothing, highly specialist provision can be £200k p/a.

If they can't provide an option that fully meets your DS's needs in the maintained sector thay have to fund independent provision and transport to it.

You have let them off the hook with this Home Ed thing, they are probably rubbing their hands in glee!!

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 22:00:44

I am not home edding!!!!!!!

He is on the school roll. He has not been deregistered. We are looking for a package out of school under s 319.

There are no schools available. The 60k a year school won't take kids until Y7.

Ragusa Sun 15-Sep-13 22:30:44

Oh, I really hope they pull their finger out soon. It's shameful, the battles that parents of children with SEN have to go to to get the appropriate provision (not special, just what everyone has a right to expect e.g., a reasonable education)

You seem to know a lot about this issue, which can only be a good thing for your son.

One last suggestion - have you tried your MP? Even if they are not of your political persuasion they may be able to advocate on your behalf. Also, the press? They might be interested ...

racetothebottom Sun 15-Sep-13 22:33:35

Thank you for your support. I really appreciate. It is like living in the Twilight Zone!

Ragusa Sun 15-Sep-13 22:54:31

It must be.

Have been looking at the 2012 Specified Work Regulations again (as the original q you raised was about TAs). They talk about the conditions that must be fulfilled for education 'in a [maintained] school'. I am not sure they would apply to out-of-school situations, but they might: your barrister will be much better placed to give a view. I think the body of law on SEN as applies to Local Authorities will be your trump card: at the end of the day, it's this that seems to be being contravened. The school sound really good and co-operative.

racetothebottom Mon 16-Sep-13 07:06:51

Thanks. They do just apply in school but you could argue that if the law thinks TAs in school, where they can be far more easily supervised and directed, should not be teaching save for when specific criteria are met, how can TAs out of school become 'suitable' educators? Especially when the criteria required in school are not even met.

manishkmehta Sat 30-Nov-13 20:56:02

If you want home education (s319 ea act 1996) then you are entitled to request it at tribunal. Your lea will not offer it to you, but if all experts agree that your child needs it then I don't see any problem.

Are you in a position to appeal to the ftt? If so appeal and send in all the documents supporting your case. It's all about needs... If your case merits home education I think you could make that case without much difficulty.

My daughter is partly home educated and her aba tutors all have post graduate degrees as that is what was agreed.

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