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LEA Funding independent mainstream school

(41 Posts)
T3009 Sun 18-Nov-12 22:45:59

Dear all, has anyone been successfull with the LEA funding (whether partial or full) an independent mainstream school - please share your experience/best approach etc
DS will start reception in Sept 2013, and we're looking into independent maisntream school. He performs better in smaller setting.

Many thanks

T3009 Thu 06-Dec-12 17:17:05

Hi, yes 25 hrs 1:1 support at nursery...

PipinJo Thu 06-Dec-12 19:26:23

secondary it is easier to get placement in ind m/s, at primary level if your area has no ASD school/unit etc you might have a case...or if your dc fails at several m/s schools first to show it doesn't work over most of nursery/foundation and key stage 1 (in ds case). Getting the ABA should be first priority then ind m/s as in term of cost to LEA help to your dc!

That is great T3009, that is exactly what I am looking for, just some funding for the 1:1...

Veritate Sat 08-Dec-12 11:06:47

ilikemysleep is correct in saying that the law requires LAs to fund independent school placements fully if they agree to the placement there. However, if they agree to fund support whilst the parents fund the fees, the reality is that no-one is going to kick up a fuss about it - the only people who would challenge it normally are the parents, and they're not going to do so if they agreed to the arrangement and know that the only result of making a fuss is that the LA would name a maintained school. So LAs do quite often agree to deals with parents and, as some people have said, it seems to work OK. The trouble is that they can't be forced to do so.

ilikemysleep Sat 08-Dec-12 15:52:56

Veritate, my LA will not, after they entered this arrangement with a parent who turned around a couple of months after getting the independent school named on the understand that they (parents) would pay fees, and LA would pay extras.....the parents then announced they could no longer afford fees and as LA as named school as suitable etc they then had by law to step in and pay fees.
Those parents are doubtless very satisfied at getting one over on the LA and getting a free mainstream independent school place. However they have now ensured that no other SEN child will get support in mainstream independent from our LA again....

But why does the school have to be named on the statement? If I choose to send my child to a private school at my own expense surely that is no business of the LEA?

ilikemysleep Sat 08-Dec-12 21:16:23

Dudesmummy
The LA would argue that if you are choosing private school for a child who won't be calling on LA resources that is one thing, but if you are choosing private school with support from the local authority then it has a responsibility to ensure that the setting can meet the needs described in the statement, after all it will be handing a stack of cash over to the school. I'm not sure about the legality of not naming a school, I think they may have to, but if you have to get into that then no doubt you'lll get informed advice from a solicitor.

OK well I will have to make some kind of an agreement with them I suppose. Yes I will get legal advice at that stage, I think. They won't be handing over any cash to the school, though, what I am looking for is for them to help fund my ABA tutors, so it is me they would be paying. He is not going to be going to school for nearly two years anyway, so first I just want some funding for the ABA home programme (including nursery ABA shadow, which I currently fund). I woud then be looking to just carry on getting some help with the 1:1 support, but to gradually transfer this partly to a school seting.

Oh well, I can see this is not going to be straightforward, but i am determined to get my DS what he needs! Meanwhile, the EP and SALT reports from the LEA and local NHS are very supportive of the current ABA programme and the progress he is making on it (as is our privately instricted EP, but we have not revealed that one yet!), so that is good. All agree that he needs 1:1 and will not learn in a group/school/nursery setting without it.

PipinJo Sun 09-Dec-12 12:15:29

you have to play the long game to get what dc needs by proving what they offer fails.

If you go and say I want this! You will get their backs up because you have not tried Maintained MS. If you can afford Ind then pay that and fight for ABA as treble the cost.

Yes, I have no intention of either asking them to pay for school, or sending him to their school/s. I can afford the indep school, yes, he was always going to go to a private school. I just want something towards the 1:1 that he definitely needs.

PipinJo Sun 09-Dec-12 21:53:43

Think there is confusion here..I was talking to OP not Dudes re getting LEA to fund Ind MS school.

OP yes doing the nursery ind and maintained at same time would be good opp to get evidence for tribunal

Sorry didn't mean to hijack and cause confusion!

zumbaleena Mon 10-Dec-12 19:06:38

can anyone of you guide pls? dd's private nursery refusing to let in an ABA shadow

T3009 Tue 11-Dec-12 09:30:24

@Zumbaleena, I'd move to another nursery - not the right attitude- our nursery has been so supportive.

zumbaleena Tue 11-Dec-12 10:08:45

I will speak to the nursery once more with more proof and more emphasis this week and put forth the proposal more strongly.

I'd agree with that, def move nursery. Our nursery has been great, allowed tutor in, send their staff to all our ABA workshops, always interested to learn about ASD and ABA etc

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