Hi - been trying to get my head round this since Friday and am more confused than ever.
One of the reasons I have been turned down for a SA for ds is that the EP hasn't been involved but when I spoke to the IO I was told that the EP service is being re-structured and there are NONE attached to the LEA currently. She was also unable to give me a timescale as to when the service would be up and running again but indicated that it could be MONTHS
Is this right - or have I got the wrong end of the stick (soooo tired I could be told that little green men will assess ds and I would probably accept it)
Just want to get the facts right re provision of EP service so that I can challenge the fact that LEA don't have one to use.
Thanks Starchart - I was sue it was complete bollox but needed to hear someone who knows what they are talking about to tell me. We're in Oxfordshire btw and no the IO was quite happy emailing me when I then got a phonecall and she told me about the ep then - thought I was just being cynical but reckon it was a deliberate call as her colleague balls up and put some things in writing which I know she shouldn't have but will back me up at appeal silly girl
If the LA insist on an EP report they will have to pay for an independent one. Some LAs are getting rid of EPs and will have to outsource them. Maybe Oxford hasn't got a contract in place yet. It's not acceptable, get it in writing.
Hi farming4...I too am in Oxfordshire (West) and have just lodged my appeal after refusal to issue a statement, did have a SA and an EP report but I believe they are re-structuring and that schools will have to buy in EP advice. I am going to fight all the way as we have a Note in lieu which is unquantified and unspecified. Good luck with it!
'Believe me I'm gonna appeal! The LEA will NOT know whats hit them'
Don't mean to rain on your parade but the LEA won't give a shit. This is pretty much standard these days, so learn what you can but don't expect anyone to a)Take you seriously, b)be scared, c)be bothered when they realised you are serious.
Thanks starchart! I'm pretty aware of what I'm up against - been on here for too long! I just need to keep myself motivated - it would be too easy to curl up in a corner and forget all about it! Thought a bit of cheerleading would keep me going.....
Aspergersrus - bit further over - Chippy direction and ds is 4 - going to school in sept.
It does require some true grit doesn't it. Our officer almost managed to convince my other half to give up the fight but I have managed to get him back on track and write a cheque this weekend to get the ball rolling with the solicitor who is looking over our files to tell us how strong a case we have. The appeal has been lodged without their advice as the deadline was too tight for getting the appeal in. Our son is 7 and was given his DX at age 4.5 so been quite a fight already. My gut feeling is we should move schools but he is quite settled at the moment and for a child with social issues it is such a bit decision. If I can offer any help please ask, am happy to meet up if you need some moral support/a coffee. I also have an almost three year old and am a SAHM
Hi, aspergersrus and farming4. I lodged my appeal vs. Oxon and it was settled recently.
When I told them if I did not get what I wanted in my statement I would appeal, they seemed very matter of fact. However, when I made a courtesy call to tell them about it after the appeal was filed, the LEA Officer was very surprised - so was the Ed Psych - don't know why as she always assured me that she knew I would appeal but it would not change what she put in the statement.
PM me if I can be of any help. Btw, on BBC Oxford last week, OCC said most SEN parents are satisfied with the educational provisions - really!
Yes, Oxon does say that, hoping to put people off from appealing and yet seemed surprised when parents do it!
Got the main thing we wanted 2 weeks after appeal was lodged - with a more detailed statement too.
However, I figured since I had to go to all that trouble, I might as well aim for more. Got most of what we wanted very soon after the independent SALT report was received and we made it clear we wanted most of her recommendations in.