Take a deep breath - it must be an awful feeling but you now need to pick yourself up and appeal. Theres plenty of advice on here to get you through this. I'm convinced the lea reject loads of requests to see which parents are prepared to fight. Fo every parent that doesn't they save a fortune.
Breathe in and out. Thanks. I know i shouldn't be shocked.I was told its normal to be turned down first.But i just was ready to hear from them yet.They had got till the 17th nov to contact me,and of course its half term so can't talk to anybody from school. The reasons given: Panel recommened that the school implement the advice and strategies recommended by EP dated 15th march and 30th july 2012. It was noted that the EP was to make a referral to the child ans adolescent meantal health service and panel felt a report from that service as to the nature and degree of xxxx difficulties should be pursued in order to provide advice and guidance to the school. A further referral containing evidence of these actions would be accepted by the SEN assessment panel.
My head is going round and round i can't think. DS as been on school action plus since reception and now in year 3.He has made very little progress.He is working at reception level. Thanks for all the help and advice.
'.I feel like LA have sent this letter now,knowing full well its half term.'
Sorry but yes. Know too that you are not alone. They probably sent out a batch on that day.
Have you a copy of all the paperwork submitted? Legal aid will usually cover independent experts which makes it IMO in your favour that they have put you in an appeal position. It will ultimately get you a better statement at the end of this.
Starlight no i haven't got a copy of all the paperwork.Even though i did ask for it,after i was adviced too, by you i think. I will chance that up on monday. I'm starting to think its good, i have this week to sort afew things.At least i can go into school monday ready to begin fighting.
If you can get legal aid then do that - get a lawyer and let them do the rest eg get the file etc. Thats what they get paid for. In some ways its a blessing as you can now get indep reports paid for which will provide, as Star says, a much more detailed and quantified list of provision needed. LA professionals will only give wishy washy advice which is often written to the LA / NHS resources and not to need. No it doesn't always go to a hearing - our LA backed down on assessment the day after the appeal docs hit their desk. They were just trying it on. The way it was explained to me by another parent is that if there are 10 families asking for a statement and they put 10 hurdles in the path of each of them then they hope at least one family will fall / drop out at each hurdle and very few, if any make it to the end. Get a lawyer list here and let them get on with it.
Star I am not saying lawyers don't need regular prodding! Both times I have bought a house and was working in a legal firm that did conveyancing I ended up doing most of it myself and nagging the Solicitor constantly! But getting free reports on legal aid is too good a chance to pass up.
Small update. I spoke to the case officer from SEN.She has agreed to a meeting at school with SENCO,class teacher and myself.To see if there is anything that can be changed or added,to allow an assessment to go ahead. Got to wait till school reopen, to confirm which of two dates the meeting will take place.But both dates are after the appointment at camhs.