The LEA are refusing to allow our independent Educational Psychologist to visit ds' former school to make an assessment of whether it meets his needs. The tribunal can order them to allow access so I am just wondering what they are trying to achieve.... Is it just time wasting and delaying? Probably...
Legally, what is the point of the LEA denying the Ind Ed Pscych access if the Tribunal can order it? It won't make them look very reasonable in the eyes of the Tribunal.....
On what basis are they denying access?
My LA never knew we had an Ind Ed Psych coming into school, I just arranged it directly with the school, told them that they were coming in to assess DD and that was all OK with them, wasn't it?! Fait acompli.
Thanks for the replies - no I don't want ds to return to this school as I believe it does not meet his needs. I have another school that I wish him to attend. It does seem like a bit of an own goal as it will make them look unreasonable at the tribunal so I'm not sure what their plan is - or if they even have one.
Oh i see, i was in similar situation, ds changed schools in the SA process and they focussed on his current setting, not his previous one hence why i thought they would focus on whether his current setting was meeting his needs.
But i understand, why previous school is important now.
I was told that it would be important for the Ed Psych to assess your child and then state what sort of setting would be suitable - eg. class of no more than 10, etc. Also to get Ed Psych to visit new school to say how suitable it would be for your ds.
Wrt to the refusal, like Pipinjo said, the refusal would make them look unreasonable
When it looked as if our HT would not allow pte Ed Psych in, PP said to get Ed Psych to assess child in similar setting or which highlights similar difficulties eg. if your child does not easily engage with other children, then perhaps a club that your ds goes too where despite going for awhile, he has not made friends might be used to highlight the difficulties your child has.
Wow Pipin really, i didnt realise that. I was just thinking i might have been better off, not finding the new school for ds as his old school were clearing not meeting his needs, i might have won at Tribunal! Glad i did find new school now i know that!
I moved him during the SA process and like you from one MS to another MS. I think i did them a favour, as old school were saying they couldnt met his needs from within their budget. I had to take him out of old school, he was suffering badly. It feels me with dread, that if i had not been lucky enough to find another school who happened to have a place, he would have had to return to his old school if i lost at Tribunal, thats terrible.