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Should I forward my complaint to Director of Education

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asdx2 Fri 21-Aug-09 13:04:53

or just let the whole thing go?
Long story but the gist of it is that dd6 with autism and a statement was put in a class with a teacher who had previously had her class removed from her because of emotionally bullying her pupils and for the last 6 years done PPA cover only.
Becuase year 1 teacher was on maternity leave she was given my daughter's class. Problems started early on and I alerted headteacher to my concerns repeatedly. She brought in outside agencies to support teacher and to teach her how to implement strategies detailed in dd's statement. She did for one day and let them slip.
More complaints to headteacher and letters to governing body were met with "we are monitoring the situation"
Dd's anxiety escalated and she started self harming in school, nightmares and wet beds at home. Teacher by then had dropped to three days because of repeated complaints from the majority of parents of the children in her class and I refused to send dd on the days when teacher was there and started looking for an alternative.
Head came up with an action plan which was fundamentally teacher should implement the strategies she had been taught and that were on the statement, she would continue to monitor, deputy head would tidy the classroom and do the lesson plans and ensure work was suitably differentiated for all the class, and they would note when dd self harmed.
Too little too late by then and I removed Lucy as did another parent and another parent had dd removed into foundation unit (bearing in mind only 18 in the class).
Now would have been happy to write it off as a nightmare experience but headteacher implied to Lucy's new school that I lied, was unreasonable and they were glad to off load me. Showed new head log of complaints, injuries and action plan which he called laughable and he assured me that he didn't for one minute believe the head.
Still happy to let it go only to discover that head has also let it leak that I removed dd because of dd's LSA and rather than going through redundancy measures dismissed her when Lucy left. Now I never had any complaints about LSA and now know why she has cold shouldered me when I saw her locally.
So as the title says should I or shouldn't I?

neolara Fri 21-Aug-09 13:13:53

Yes. Bloody hell. Sounds truely horrible situation for your dd and you.

I'm not sure what the Director of Education would be able to do about it, to be honest. But it might make you feel better. It might be more productive to make an official complaint to your Chair of Governors as well.

asdx2 Fri 21-Aug-09 13:20:23

Already complained to chair of Governors three times and she was involved in the action plan which she felt was an adequate response.
Not sure what he'd do about it either but feel the situation should be exposed out of the school confines and I'm not too happy about my own reputation being blackened whilst they continue to support the teacher who has been given a new class in September.

beautifulgirls Fri 21-Aug-09 21:29:50

If there is a chance that it will stop this happening to another family in the future then yes it is worth the complaint. I doubt it can do any harm anyway - who knows what other complaints they may also have that can add to the evidence too. If all other unhappy parents made their feelings known then there is more chance of this being acted on - maybe people have, maybe someone else may have to in the future, but at least then your complaint is on record.
Is the director of education a local authority person? Did you consider Ofsted?

brokenspacebar Fri 21-Aug-09 21:39:36

I agree with pp, complain...maybe cc it to anyone who has influence - I am not sure where, but surely there must be advocacy out there? It sounds like such a horrendous situation, if I had the energy/time I might consult a lawyer - your poor wee girl. I really hope she is much happier at her new school and that she manages to move on, but angrysad for her.

Have you been in touch with ed psych, or consultant paed and doctor? I am not sure if any of these ideas are useful, not having had such a horrible experience. Would any of the autism charities be able to offer advice/support?

katiestar Sun 23-Aug-09 21:56:09

It sounds a bit like hearsay. I mean surely the LSA would have been only on a fixed term contract for as long as your DD needed her ?
In any case its the LSA's business if she feels that her employment rights have been breached.
i would put it behind you and move on.

MIAonline Sun 23-Aug-09 22:03:34

I would complain in your situation, they have been unprofessional in their dealing of the situation when your DD was at the school and even more so in their dealings with the new school.

Must have been a very difficult time for you.

sunnydelight Mon 24-Aug-09 04:50:06

Absolutely. Glad to hear you have sorted things for your child, but it would be nice to make sure nobody else has such a nightmare experience.

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