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What factors should influence the decision when choosing between a mainstream or special school for a child with special educational needs?

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Poppy1711 Thu 09-Oct-14 22:06:49

what factors do I need to be aware of or be looking for when choosing a school for a child with SEN. What sort of things influence other peoples decisions who have had to make this choice?I thought that a mainstream school would be sufficient but it seems that inclusion is not fully happening in mainstream schools and that is why special schools are being kept open. Also with the new plan rather than a statement can this suffice for access to special school...

Thank you xx

Icimoi Tue 14-Oct-14 19:12:06

I suggest you post in the Special Needs - Children thread further down the page.

But generally it completely depends on your child's SEN, and in practice it is going to depend on what your local council is prepared to fund. Generally it will go for mainstream or a unit attached to a mainstream every time because that is usually cheaper.

BigBird69 Tue 14-Oct-14 20:51:30

You should view both! You and only you know your child. You decide and you fight for it if needs be. X

BackforGood Tue 14-Oct-14 22:25:58

Yes, an EHC Plan replaces the Statement, so it will become what is needed to gain access to specialist provision.

I always advise that you should not decide "mainstream" or "special", but should go and look at a few options, and decide which is the best school for your dc. There are huge variants in what schools offer / how supportive / how much they can meet your child's needs. Think about your dc's needs, and then go and look at each school, trying to ascertain if you think that individual school could meet those needs.

sweetteamum Mon 20-Oct-14 14:06:41

I completely agree with Back. I was certain that mainstream would be fine with full time 121 support, for my son. I was wrong. Go with the school that can meet the needs of the child.

karenviljoen Thu 06-Nov-14 17:15:27

Can anyone give me an honest review on stony dean school in amersham - dd has been offered a place there but I'm not sure ?

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