So we get a letter in the post from a woman we have never met at the school yesterday - photocopied standard letter littered with typos and misplaced apostrophes, with my sons name scrawled on top.
It says they are assessing him to see if he needs a scribe, extra time in exams etc...and can we sign the data release form so they can pass the info on to exam boards.
He is in year 9, this is the first we have heard of this. WTF? If they think he might have SN is this really the right way to approach us?!?
DS is upset, doesn't know why he has been targeted for this. We have no idea. He has gone into school fuming today.
(DS2 has SN, will probably have a scribe for exams etc... We are always in and out of his school talking to the teacher, SENCO etc... It is not that I'm against schools doing this at all, this just seems highly unprofessional).
If the school have not got your children mixed up, I would be horrified with that letter. I have a child with SEN and the process of acceptance that he had problems and needed a lot of help took well over 18 months, even now I think my dh struggles!
If they have identified your other son with SEN they may assume you realise. Wrong to assume though.
Surely, it must be a mistake. Ring them and ask for an explanation.
Also, without a statement, a school would struggle to fund a scribe and I've seen many a necessary case refused on this basis.
And, the exam boards have totally clamped down on anyone who hasn't got a statement getting extra time or a reader/scribe. Even those on school action plus. So, for yor son to have all of this offered without any SEN would be very strange.
Tweasels is right. An exam centre can arrange for laptop access and rest breaks without formal application to exam boards, but for scribes, extra time and other access arrangements they need to have a statement or similar assessment, all of which costs money that LAs/schools don't want to spend.
So if your son's handwriting is poor the first option is usually to use a keyboard as they don't need permission for it.
You could look at the JCQ website for more info about arrangements.