To think Senco should be helping my child.(37 Posts)
She's not stupid, the SENCO is stupid and has let her down.
No she's not stupid. I've had the same this week at work with a student. We put too much emphasis on grades. There is so much more to a successful person than the NC levels. Find her strengths, whether it be listening, being kind and supportive and a good friend, enjoying stories, sport etc and encourage her in that.
The HT might seem to not be approachable, but frankly, you can't take any notice of that. She has a statutory duty to your daughter.
Ask for a meeting with CT, HT and Senco, take your DH or someone with you and get wheels in motion to obtain the education to which your daughter is entitled.
i was advised against having a tutor as well, but when Senco turned down funding for 1-1 I went ahead any way.
Sarah Freck used to be a regular poster who always sounded like she was a good tutor.
But sounds like your DD needs a lot more than a tutor.
Def apply for a statement yourself. But also be more proactive about working out what her problems are, and what you, school or someone else could do to help her.
they have a helpline too, if your LA start messing around.
SOS!SEN can also be very helpful.
one thing to be wary of - Parent Partnership - they are not always as impartial as they should be, and sometimes work hand in hand with the LA while apparently advising you
It really can be a complete toss up. But apply - if no luck, apply again etc.
And in the meantime, keep pestering for intervention.
So what was happening in the previous school ? It would seem to me that support should have been in place over some years. Whereas this SENCo doesn't sound very on the ball, surely you should have been a lot further on through input from the SENCo at the last school ?
you are right, please don't judge.
but on the other hand, it can be standard practise for LAs to reject a certain percentage of statement applications regardless of level of covering letter.
I used the standard IPSEA template, not a word more, and got granted assessment on first application. others I know have written far more indepth application letters but been turned down and had to appeal. it's a complete toss up, tbh.
and that's before any real wrangling starts...
If you are going for a statement, can I advise:
Make it very clear in a covering letter what the needs are, what has been done already but even more importantly, what you want from them.
I've been on SEN panels and have good success rate with statement applications, so good luck. Happy to read over stuff if you message me.
if your dd has been there for over a year, and shown little to no progress, then realy truly you need to cut out the middle man (ie school) and move straight to SA.
be prepared ot be turned down. this is standard LA operating procedure.
get your arguments lined up, prepare your case, and go fight for what your dd needs. it will be a fight, unfortunately (as you are already seeing), but you are your child's best (and probably only) advocate.
don't waste anymore time trying to ge tthe school to meet with you and agree a way forward. document all the times you have asked for meetings. write down all the times your dd ahs not progressed/you have asked for extra help.
this will help you in your argument with the LA for a statement.
read the IPSEA pages on how to apply for a statement, and get on with it.
it take s aminimum of 6 months to get a statement in place, so you have no time to lose if you want one before secondary (it took us 3 years to get a statement, despite my dd1's very clear and obviosu needs)
Sorry - x posted.
I'm in London which is a bugger. Sorry about that. Definitely make a fuss. Talk to the HT after one last attempt to meet with the SENCo.
I'm a SENCo and if I haven't an appointment with someone after a week I feel terrible. Get on it!
We've been advised against a tutor too, until we get to the bottoms of how DD learns. Otherwise, we're just putting a sticking plaster over a boil.
Dyspraxia had originally been suggested with DD (they're now looking at ADHD and asd) and our main problems is her working memory, ie, she has none. We've been given lots of activities and games to help her. Has anyone suggested anything like that?
God - NO! She has already not progressed in 6 months, she should be having intervention already. This SENCo is making ME cross now!
Where are you based? I bet you I can find someone who is experienced in SEN who might want to tutor.
The SENCO might not always work directly with the children - some are also class teachers. They are there to co-ordinate provision though, and should meet with parents who request it. It also sounds that if progress has been limited / targets not achieved at each review, then they should have been asking questions at previous reviews each term over the years as to what they could try next / who they should be asking for further support.
I would try to get in touch with them again because they sort being doing more. HOwever, I know how you feel in terms of not returning calls. I have been leaving messages for my dd's senco all this week and not one has been returned!!!
Hope you get somewhere soon.
The HT would have to explain why your DD has made no progress.
Have a meeting with her asap, take a list in and discuss all your concerns. I would have thought she should be on SA+ at the very least (hard to get a full statement), with clearly defined objectives on the IEP, which have to be agreed with you.
And don't accept any 'we can't afford anything' stuff. She should certainly have some allocated TA or teacher time (possibly in a small group) if not direct teaching from the Senco.
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