So we are off to Judicial Review because the LEA informed me they didn't intend to amend DS's statement and so the placement named was a non existent provision.
We're off to Tribunal to appeal the non amended statement because the provision named if it existed wouldn't be able to meet his needs.
Today I got an email passed on by the Head of ds's unit from the LIO where he states he is rewriting ds's statement( but there has been no reassessment) and asking the head to tell him exactly what ds needs besides the full time 1 to 1 support to remain in the unit next year (a curriculum and a peer group I would imagine ) as that is what the LEA expect.
Oh well I'm sure the solicitor will have something to say about it anyway
Solicitor is pushing for expedited hearing but I can't imagine it will be before September for the tribunal however with the issue of an amended statement (that we haven't got yet) thrown in we'll have to reconsider everything to tailor the case to meet the new statement. The Judicial Review I hope will come swiftly once we get permission to proceed and if so I think we won't get to Tribunal.
A year's fees at Independent are £44,000 ds would share a minibus that is already contracted for transport.
The place in the unit without the 1 to 1 support is £15,000 then they need to factor in a specialist TA giving full time support and a taxi service for the 26 miles there and back.
They need to find and implement a curriculum because there isn't one in place and they need to work out where his contact with peers will be sourced from.
Ironically I have been sent details of another SEN provision (second one from LEA) to be built onto the local FE college that isn't built yet. I think they hope to waste a year and then try and place ds in one of the two provisions that should be opening September 2012.