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Worst LA place to live for SEN

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wasuup3000 Tue 10-Apr-12 19:24:49

I vote Lancashire!!!

StarlightMcEggsie Tue 10-Apr-12 19:29:27

I vote Herts, although I might be just referring to ASD provision. I think some of their SENs that have more NHS involvement are a bit better provided for.

Actually, I DID see ONE quite good state MLD school in Herts that had 'quite' reasonable ASD provision but if you're not MLD you are stuffed.

wasuup3000 Tue 10-Apr-12 19:32:24

Where I live there is no specialist ASD provision - apart from one school which obly accepts severe non verbal ASD cases because places are so sought after.

StarlightMcEggsie Tue 10-Apr-12 19:36:03

There's no specialist ASD provision in Herts either, just joke ASD provision.

It's just that the Head of Autism in the particular MLD school I mentioned happens to be pretty competent. Just one person in one particular place in the whole of the authority though. I hope she's paid bloody well.

wasuup3000 Tue 10-Apr-12 19:38:34

I wish we had that even. All the sen schools here have gone so generic that they are not suitable for kids with asd or adhd.

ouryve Tue 10-Apr-12 19:39:27

Durham are pretty good for ASD at primary level - mainstream schools are well supported and you don't have to fight for a statement. It falls down completely at secondary level except for kids with LD and ASD. None of the mainstream secondary schools have ASD support units and we've been told there is no provision in the county for DS1 after primary school. Kids like DS1 seem to lose out universally, though, wherever in the country they are.

StarlightMcEggsie Tue 10-Apr-12 19:40:30

I guess that is why you got the result you did today then!

wasuup3000 Tue 10-Apr-12 19:43:26

You are probably right Starlight!! He has the most complex needs of all my children and 2 of them have statements!!

Durham sounds good (at least until Primary) wonder if DH work has a head office there!!

zzzzz Tue 10-Apr-12 19:48:23

I am particularly fond of Devon's attitude to language.....unit available till year 2 but only if you are identified before reception....then absolutely fuck all. Naturally this is because language disorders are magically cured at 7. hmm

appropriatelyemployed Tue 10-Apr-12 19:50:31


ASD outreach is full of pensionable age old crones who never meet the child.

Ed Psych team never meet the children either.

S&LT team is corrupt and works as LA henchman.

SEN team is useless and corrupt. Lies, cheats, makes stuff up, information shares behind your back, doesn't understand the law, and acts like a corporate bully and victim at the same time.

No HFA/AS provision past primary.

Really, really dreadful, useless and nasty bunch.

StarlightMcEggsie Tue 10-Apr-12 19:53:50

Wiltshire ASD Outreach sound like they're of the age where they will lose substantial amount of their pensions without time to do anything about it.

Just a thought!

appropriatelyemployed Tue 10-Apr-12 19:54:27

What a shame.

StarlightMcEggsie Tue 10-Apr-12 19:54:37

But anyway - Wilts seem to twin with Herts in all respects listed.

appropriatelyemployed Tue 10-Apr-12 19:57:36

Twin counties of crap.....!

At least I have the satisfaction of hearing lawyers etc who have had no prior dealings with WC say, after 5 mins of mindbooggling crap from their SEN team 'OMG they are dreadful, I mean nasty not just stupid....'

I can but nod sagely and sympathetically...

zzzzz Tue 10-Apr-12 19:58:15

appropriately. A very good bit of info as we are looking to move and had been given the impression there were some fab schools in Wiltshire/Dorset.

appropriatelyemployed Tue 10-Apr-12 20:11:24

Aaarggghh.... Dorset perhaps. I have heard some good things but I have only heard of children being sent out of county as Wilts provision is CRAP and dealing with them is even worse.

Nigel1 Tue 10-Apr-12 20:13:35

Having lived in and had children with SSEN in Wiltshire and fought against them for 20 years over one case or another, I would offer this.
The only secondary special provision which is any good is Springfields Academy for Aspergers run by a truly inspirational HT.
The Sec Schs have additional provision which varies form school to school. Some are better than others. Primary Specials units range form good to dire. NHS support pretty much nil.
LA constitutionally inept and I would agree with appropriately employed description of them.
On the other hand if you have a cognitively average child then there are some really good schools.
But you have to remember that in Wiltshire" everybody matters"- Council slogan [unless you have SEN and will cost the LA money in which case you are banished to the ends of the earth].

StarlightMcEggsie Tue 10-Apr-12 20:14:25

Yes I've heard good things about Dorset but you have to remember it is a race to the bottom at the moment so if you're doing it, get a move on.

Once parents start flocking into a place they pull the ladder up and hire agressive solicitors. Not surprising really though as no one LA can be the national provider for SEN. It's stupid there is no national policy.

creamteas Tue 10-Apr-12 20:24:52


Diagnosed and discharged from Community Peads and CAMHS on the same day!

appropriatelyemployed Tue 10-Apr-12 20:28:22

Nigel1 - we have changed this to 'Wiltshire.....where no one gives a XXXX'

Ineedalife Tue 10-Apr-12 20:32:53

OMG, creamteas, not a million miles from you and we were discharged from both within a week of DXshock.

appropriatelyemployed Tue 10-Apr-12 20:37:21

Dx and discharged here too - with a recommendation that I contact the local NS branch for help and support..... the one I was helping to run hmm

appropriatelyemployed Tue 10-Apr-12 20:38:19

NAS branch that should be....may as well have given me my own telephone number to ring!

StarlightMcEggsie Tue 10-Apr-12 20:42:04

Well we got a dx from paed and although not discharged told never to return.

That way they get to keep ds on their books and get funding for him without ever seeing him.

Ineedalife Tue 10-Apr-12 20:44:53

We were told that all Dd3's care would be handed over to school. That way the school pay for her support and not the NHS.

We were given a leaflet about a course though so I am sure that covers it.

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