Can I ask is it already being done for dd? She has had a home visit of ed pysch and the ed pysch is going to visit her in playgroup to decide what sort of needs she will have for school. Is this part of the statutory assesment or is it something else?
I would second that my Ds had gone from school action to school action plus over 3 years and I only found out about it a few months back by accident , I didn't even know he was on the sen register or what that was until I educated myself, yet it was something I would of had to sign permission for so even more .
The vast majority of 'units' require a Statement of Educational Need to access them.
By law, the LA has to tell you if they are considering a Statutory Assessment and ask you for your views. The fact that they haven't done this means that your DD is not due to be assessed.
You can apply for SA yourself. It's very simple. Just write a letter to the LA SEN Officer, stating that you'd like a Statutory Assessment for your DD and why. There are model letters on IPSEA website.
Thanks soverytired I had no idea I needed to do this I wont see portage for a week but school have told me they dont feel they can meet dds needs so will a letter from them be useful in addition to the portage letter?
'Is my dd likely to get more support if I apply for a statutory assessment then? what are the benefits?'
Well, it means that her support will be protected by law. Unfortunately it is hard to know if a school breaks the law, but in principle at least it is a safer scenario.
The main reason people usually want statements is because it is near impossible to get anything other than a mainstream school without one, or even guaranteed 1:1 support IN a mainstream classroom.
Even if your child NEEDS a unit, she will be competing with children who have statements that SAY that, which is law. It is extremely likely that more children have statements that SAY they need that kind of provision than there are spaces available, and so the overspill will be funded in independent placements. If a space becomes available, the LA would prefer to give it to a child about to go into an independent placement, who has a statement, than to a child without a statement iyswim.
Give portage a ring, I'm sure they would not mind and speak to the person who comes to help you. They will then know when you see them next time that you are wanting to start statement process and should come prepared to help.
We just got our draft statement through and now need to go through this.
Thank you so so much star Im absolutly livid with dd HCP I have asked portage worker countless of times how I get dd in a special unit and I have asked ed pych and they never told me I needed this.
I am so angry I have been begging and pleading for information and I was under the impression that the ed pych decided who got what help. Im so angry im crying thank you mnet I wouldnt have known anything about this if it were not for you.
I have been trying to get this forr dd since September when school said they couldnt meet her needs.
Crawling, sorry to hear you are having a hard time with this
Hope you get on well on Monday. Be clear, you want to start statement process. When I did it, I included recent reports from SALT, Portage and Community Paediatrician, although they will give more recent reports during process. I was told by portage that it would help and it obviously has in our case.
We all have our issues and sometimes as Starlight has said you need to speak to another parent. I'm having issues re special needs equipment for home and (going off topic) spoke to another parent about getting OT to pull her finger out just today.
This world is hard to negotiate and the professionals don't always offer assistance !!
Yes, but there's no quick fix and your need your energy as it is a long ole road.
It might help to put any quotes that gave you hope or the impression that the unit was on its way, in writing to the person who said it, so that they know a)you are recording what they say, and b)you are collecting evidence to support what you want and c)you get a written response refuting your 'recollection' and give you some clarity.