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DD not getting 1 to 1 a week after going back to school , speak to school or wait a little longer?

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JessePinkmansBitch Wed 11-Sep-13 19:26:09

I don't know whether I'm being a bit over zealous or not.

DD is 10 and has just gone into year 6, she's in a mainstream primary school. She has ASD and Dyslexia. Academically she's at year 1 level, with reading, writing and maths. She's had loads of help from the school over the years, they've always been really on the ball and done everything they can to help her.

She was awarded a statement back in June and will be going to a special school when she moves up to secondary level next year. Before she got the statement the school had already secured funding for having extra special needs status (or something like that I can't remember what it's called). But they have a special sensory area for kids with special needs, mainly Autism and get extra funding to employ more help for kids on School Action Plus and with IEPs and such.

She went back last week and since being back she hasn't once been taken out of class for 1 to 1 work with one of the support staff. She says she has had a bit of help from the TA with writing, when she was sat at the their table in class and a bit of help from the class teacher with Maths when he was helping their table. (I think the tables are sat in ability groups). She struggles to write more than a sentence unaided (can't really spell) and really struggles to read unaided.

To put in context in year 5 she was taken out of class around 3-4 times a week to have 1 to 1 with a member of staff. She was also taken out in a group to do work separate from the rest of the class. And her ability group was able to do certain activities and were taken on trips with members of support staff separate from the rest of the class. This was before the statement was awarded.

Now none of that seems to be happening although she said tomorrow her ability group is doing an activity. Am I worrying over nothing? They have only been back a week and are probably just starting to settle in. It just feels like now that she has the statement and is in year 6 the school feel they've done all they can for her and she's leaving next year anyway so there's no need to be doing all that extra work with her. I'm sure it's not like that and I'm just getting anxious and worked up over nothing. I don't want to say something to school and get their backs up. I know at the end of last term the SENCO completely disagreed with me over sending dd to a special school for secondary as she feels dd would be better in mainstream. But that's a different issue altogether really. Am I worrying over nothing?

specialmagiclady Wed 11-Sep-13 21:20:42

What's your relationship like with the Senco? Or teacher? Can you just say something casual like "just wondering when DD's one to one will kick in?" That way, you're reminding them that she is entitled to it and giving them a chance to save face and pretend they're on top of it, and then get the fuck on it like they should have been in the first place.

Ixashe Thu 12-Sep-13 10:10:01

I'd check what your statement actually says, some of them are very wooly about what provision should be provided......... Although to get a statement they would have to acknowledge that she needed more help than she was getting and so would find it difficult to argue that they were now meeting her needs.

I think I would speak to the senco to ask when the extra support was starting, hopefully it'll just be that in the hustle and bustle of the first week it just been getting organised and will start properly now.

LottienHuw Thu 12-Sep-13 20:02:55

Ive had a chat today with my sons teacher because they didnt seem to be doing his 1 to 1 and she told me that for the first few weeks or so she wants to get to know the children one by one and then impliment anything in their statements when she has a better understanding of what they need.

Maybe have an informal chat with the teacher and just see what her plans are with regard to 1 to 1.

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