DS1 is 5.11. He has ASD. He is currently in a mainstream school but he is not coping, spends 95% of his time at a desk outside the classroom with a TA. He is statemented & currently gets 25 hours of support a week.
We had an emergency review meeting at the end of last term & it was agreed that we all feel MS is not right for him & that he needs a specialist provision.
It was put to panel last Friday & was suggested that he needs a placement in an ASD only school.
I spoke to his case worker at the SEN Dept of the LEA today who advised that he has had the decision back........
Basically, the reasoning behind it is that the panel feel that 7 weeks into a new term is not long enough to establish whether the strategies put into place within his current school are benefiting him or not. They want the school to give it at least a full term.
What they have failed to pick up on is that he has already been at this school ayear & things have gone rapidly downhill in this time. He was integrated gradually into school (1 hour a day to start with, working up to full time by March this year - coincidently the same time he was statemented!! .) Things have got worse since he started full-time. He has had 2 informal exclusions & now 2 formal fixed term exclusions in this time. The school have said that they are not equipped for his needs.
So, basically, I am now considering the possibility of HE him, but I have no idea where to start, or the costs involved etc. Is there any funding available for people who HE SN kids? What happens with his statement & the support given in that?
Hi logi. Yes, they did seem to forget about the whole of last year. I'm so upset as he genuinely needs this place. He is being excluded from his MS school because they are not equipped to deal with him, so surely that must tell the LEA something?! Thanks for your kind words.
Hi not much time to post, but you could have just written about my son! He is 6 and has asd and adhd, and school couldn't cope at all. He was separated from everyone, and his sen assistant let him play on the computer all day. He wasn't even allowed on school trips. Just to let you know you are not alone! I know exactly what you are going through. I have only been he-ing for this term, but my Ds has already blossomed. Where abouts are you? As for the statement stuff etc, you can pm me if you want, as not on here all to often. Best wishes, Debbie xx
Hi Debbie. Thanks for your post. I am in the South London/Surrey area (Caterham). We are going to appeal the decision made by the panel, but if we have no luck & I do decide to HE, I will definitely contact you for advice. Thanks again.x
(PS - Glad to hear that HE is working out for your DS )