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School appointment

(11 Posts)
SENMumoftwo Sat 23-Jan-16 11:53:55

I have appointments to view schools, in the next month, as we're transferring from statement to EHCP. I would like to be somewhat 'prepared' for when I'm due to name a school.

What concerns me is that I see the good in everyone and generally believe what I'm told. How on earth can I see the difference between a sales pitch and a genuinely good school? I'm stressing so much and am terrified of making the wrong choice.

pandyandy2 Sat 23-Jan-16 17:11:38

In that case take somebody with you. A friend or relative (or both) that knows your child well, that way you get other perspectives!

Even visit each school twice on different days of the week so you get to see different lessons/staff/things going on etc... (-;

SENMumoftwo Sat 23-Jan-16 18:05:49

Thanks pandy, I'm not sure that will be possible tbh. The only person who could, isn't available for the majority of the visits.

I like the idea of multiple visits on different days too.

Youarentkiddingme Sat 23-Jan-16 21:41:55

Id love to advise but my DS is currently in a school because I fell for the sales pitch sad

My plan when he moves is to ask specific questions, ask how the interventions look within his day. Ask how they will monitor progress and how this will be communicated to me. Then to email the school to confirm what we discussed. Then ask to visit again to see some of the interventions in place with other students.

GruntledOne Sat 23-Jan-16 23:06:23

You might find this book useful.

SENMumoftwo Sun 24-Jan-16 09:46:13

Thank you youarent, and I'm sorry you have been there. I hope you manage to work things out. Are you wanting MS or SS?

SENMumoftwo Sun 24-Jan-16 09:48:04

Thank you Gruntled, I'm going to download onto my kindle today. That should point me in the right direction.

Youarentkiddingme Sun 24-Jan-16 09:50:03

Ds is MS. He wouldn't qualify for SS but would probably fit criteria for specialist school or do well in MS indi as smaller classes.

SENMumoftwo Sun 24-Jan-16 10:46:08

Yes, that's the issue I'm also having.

Youarentkiddingme Sun 24-Jan-16 12:38:10

My ds doesn't have a ECHP. Refused assessment just over year ago - I'm about to reapply.

I have a thread in here about deliberately obstructive schools. It may be worth a read as I've had some really great advice on there.

SENMumoftwo Sun 24-Jan-16 12:51:35

Thank you, I will definitely pop there and have a read too.

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