My daughter was diagnosed with Autism a year ago at the age of 3. Since then we have been going through the statementing process and have received a provisional statement which has a banding attached to it. This banding corrrelates to support of 25 hours a week when she starts school full time in september. During the last year she has had access to the school and is familiar with the routines etc.
However, upon receiving the proposed statement 2 months ago, the school and myself sat down and queried the amount of support from the Specialist teacher and also the initial 25 hours. We all agreed to submit reports showing that my daughter would need 1-1 support for the whole school day which equates to 30 hours support per week and thus the banding should be moved to the one above.
We went to panel in July and this was refused.
I would really like to know what everyone thinks about this and if we should go down the formal appeal route with solicitors. One side of me says "its only an hour extra a day" and the other side of me says "we only have 8 weeks to appeal" and need to get this right now. Some advice from all you sen mums out there would be greatly appreciated.
Hi there my son is 13 years of age and also autistic. We are now having high school probs!! Hence why I have been looking on the site. However our difficulties aside, have you heard of the organisation Ipsea they are a charity offering legal service to parents of children with s.e.n .look them up on line and Give them a call see what their take is on it. Good luck.
Tribunal can be expensive and in a case like this hopefully a last resort. If you appeal they may budge and offer full time1-2-1. Maybe not. But if you think it's needed then appeal. For a case like this you could get ipsea or even do it yourself. Feel free to get in touch. Thanks Manish