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SEN meeting - help - Year 4

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Tullippa Mon 07-Dec-15 10:35:32

Hi there

I am just looking for some advice really, I have requested a meeting with my sons teacher and headteacher regarding my sons progress at school.

He is in year 4, aged 9 (he is the oldest in his class), on his IEP he is described as 'moderate learning difficulty'. His report is always D's, needing additional support in everything.

My concern is when he was in Year 1 in some areas he was working at the national expected level, or towards. He seemed to be doing okay although always behind. Maths and writing was always a struggle, then in year 2, he seemed to decline in everything. With a lot of gentle pushing with the teacher, I got school to eventually put him on an IEP, and he ended up with daily 121 support for half an hour a day.

I don’t know why, but year 3 he continued to struggle but they changed his 121 support to to twice a week, due to a senco worker leaving.

These are some of his levels, according to his IEP:

Jan Y2: R:2c, W:1, M:2c
Jun Y3: R:2c, W:2, M:1
Nov Y4: R:2C, W1, M:1

Maths has declined, and writing is up and down. Reading I think has improved though, although comprehension scored very low when he was assessed SALT.

My question is should I be concerned more about his support at school, naturally I never stop being worried!! But I feel he was doing better and he had more confidence having 1 to 1 daily, he is a quiet shy boy, and they say his behaviour is brilliant in school. I worry sometimes that he may get a bit invisible. When I have meetings its always the same, no attention span, and distracted, daydreaming and drifting off, and maths his worst subject, they have just given us access to Dynamo at home. I have always looked at dyscalculia and suggested this, I do think they should of given me this sooner. He is also under SALT, he had an Ed Psych report done a year ago, and he is on the list for another assessment.

In the meeting I want to be saying the right things, I get incredibly nervous but dont want to feel fobbed off. And just make sure I am getting the right support for my son. I feel sometimes his lack of attention and distraction is always mentioned, but now with high school less than two years away, perhaps there is more to it. In his SALT and Ed Psych reports it is always about his lack of understanding, and attention, but socially has lots of friends, is quiet in class, he just seems a bit of a paradox to work out, but seriously worried about his lack of progress.

Flanks Mon 07-Dec-15 11:33:27

Hi Tullippa

It sounds as if the school are aware and not trying to ignore the situation, just as you are aware and rightly concerned.

The main question you are circling around in your post is 'Do they feel they can adequately support him as things stand now?'. Obviously all schools have a budget and while that is hard for us as parents to cope with, it is part of the discussion.

They have two answers to the question:
1) Yes - If so, they need to articulate how he is being supported and how he is benefiting from it. They also need to (legally) demonstrate how they have removed his barriers to learning and enabled him to take part in the curriculum.

I doubt they will say this though, as your post indicates the school is fairly supportive of you.

2) No - In which case, it is worth asking if they would support the pursuit of a EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan). It is a lengthy process, but if the school is on-side it is a great deal easier, and it releases funding specifically for your son to access school more effectively.

I do not know your feelings about schools or whether you are particularly attached to this school. They may say 'No' and also that they would recommend a different provision. This is an open discussion and ultimately depends on what you feel will best support your son. If they do suggest it, it may well be worth viewing alternative provisions just to garner yourself with more information.

I recall from your previous post that there is a general work in progress here, and it does sound as if things are moving relatively well for now. I anticipate the most likely outcome will be a recommendation that you wait for the Ed Psych report before any decisions are made. However, I would suggest that you making reference to EHCP will help, because it will set the agenda for the next meeting.

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