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Are all teachers so reluctant to provide parents with a class timetable?

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Icedcakeandflower Sat 30-Mar-13 10:10:24

I should post in Education really, but don't have the energy for a bunfight.

Ds has AS, with all the accompanying needs for routine, structure, etc. After much nagging, I was given a timetable which shows what subjects they do in the morning. I think this is laid down in the NC anyway but I might be wrong.

However, the afternoon sessions are blank. I noticed this in the last school year and assumed it was just that particular teacher. It happened again this year, and despite much pressure, the teacher is just not prepared to say what's being taught in the afternoon, other than Art, Science or Topic. She wouldn't even commit to the order of lessons, as she decided on the day what order to run them.

Is it just this school?

Bramblesinafield Sun 31-Mar-13 09:24:55

Yes I am in a mainstream school. I'm proud of what we do for our children with sen, but not too proud that we never move on. We have a number of children with asd, ADHD, etc. we have great staff and continually update training.

I like the idea of a wild card too.

We use a lot of social stories, particularly for over summer and transition. When we have a school trip, we send some of our children on a pre visit if we can (particularly if there's a sensory aspect like a theatre trip) and they take photos and act as a young reporter, making their own photo social story to report back to class.

Handywoman Sun 31-Mar-13 10:10:21

Oh Brambles your school (and you) sound amazing!

Icedcakeandflower Sun 31-Mar-13 10:20:31

Brambles, can ds go to your school? grin

Ds' school is not uncaring - I think it needs one person to be responsible for the child, look out for his needs, and communicate for that child if he's not able to.

Ds has severe SPD, dyspraxia as well as AS. These are only some examples of what happened when they forgot to think about his needs:

- Every topic seems to have dance incorporated, and each time no thought is given to ds.
- He went on a school trip to the Imperial War Museum in London and was made to go through a war raid shelter which was pitch black with cries of fear and bombing through the speaker. He had nightmares for weeks.
- He has extremely low tolerance for female singing voices, and had to sit through nearly two hours of a musical.

Consistency is all important, not care when you feel like it, can remember, or can be bothered.

bigTillyMint Sun 31-Mar-13 11:58:12

I agree Brambles, your school sounds great - love the reporter idea.

IcedCake I feel your DS's pain re female singing voices, particularly of the operatic kind - really jarring. Could you recommend some ASD training to the school - I think the NAS may even do it for free and they were very good.

Icedcakeandflower Sun 31-Mar-13 12:31:40

bigTillyMint Here's the ironic bit, apparently school is highly experienced and skilled in dealing with asd - so said autism outreach - so said cahms.

When they failed, it's "he should be in a special school, we just don't have the expertise".

Yet the LA are insisting on naming them in ds' statement.

bigTillyMint Sun 31-Mar-13 12:38:47

confused Must be very frustrating for you and him.

Bramblesinafield Sun 31-Mar-13 13:41:14

How frustrating. And thank you for kind words. We are on a learning curve along with our parents, its only right that our children go to school where they live. We must learn to meet their needs. They should only go to a specialist settings if our environment can't be adapted to suit.

Sadly with changes in government funding for sen we are becoming more and more stretched, it is heartbreaking.

neverputasockinatoaster Mon 01-Apr-13 09:02:51

I want to work in Brambles school!

milocuckoomitten Fri 05-Apr-13 23:12:47

I am a teacher and have two children with asd dx in my class. I do provide a weekly timetable with times of all fixed sessions, but have to leave some just marked topic because they are cross-curricular and I fit the different sessions in at different points in the week, depending on their content. To deal with this the children also have personal visual timetables as well as the one for the whole class, which I talk through each morning. I also try to explain any changes to them as soon as I know about them. Posting this has reminded me that I need to do updated timetable for next term so thanks!
Another reason that children may not be told about changes in advance is that I don't know - I often know that I will have a meeting on a given day but not who is covering or during what lesson, so have to chase up and inform children as soon as I do know.

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