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Moving dd2 from mainstream to spealist school

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micku5 Mon 18-Mar-13 07:21:36

Im after some advice please. My dd2 has a statement of SEN for speech and language and whilst she has come in in leaps and bounds with the social and speech side of things, we are finding that she is falling further and further behind academically.

She has 1 to 1, which has been a great help but still not enough to catch up. She is in yr 2 and after speaking with the SENCO, head teacher and class teacher I am looking at specialist language schools in the area, which unfortunately there aren't many.

I will be ringing around tomorrow to try and make appointments to look at the schools, but here is where I need help. What sort of questions should I be asking? What do I need to look for and what are the warning signs?

micku5 Mon 18-Mar-13 11:59:25


vjg13 Mon 18-Mar-13 12:56:38

Some schools may say they have on site speech therapy but the SALT may not spend that much time with your child, it's staff training and reviews etc that they spend time on.

How much SALT is quantified in her statement?

I would try to look for older versions of your daughter at schools and see if she will fit in. We looked at about 10 schools. Also look at schools in neighbouring leas and see if they would meet your daughter's needs. Good luck!

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Mar-13 13:04:04

Where roughly are you in the country?

micku5 Mon 18-Mar-13 14:14:59

We are in Kent. She is currently in mainstream and although she has to have SALT provided by the LEA that provision has been taken away so I am paying for her to have her therapy at school instead of at home.

I know that the school and LEA are in breach of the statement and I am hoping to use that in my favour when I start making arrangements for her to move.

Her statement says she has to have access to 20 hours per week learning support. They dont state the hours of hours SALT but one of the strategies is to follow a programme written and introduced by a qualified speech and language therapist and the daily intervention from TA should be 20-30 minutes per day.

I've phoned 3 schools in the area and looked at all the specialist schools in Kent but many of them specialise in behavioural, severe and complex needs, autism and the LEA are taking away provisions for mild learning difficulties and language based schools and pushing them into mainstream with big classes and unfortunately the irony is that they need smaller groups in order to focus and do well.

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Mar-13 17:22:45

Is Treetops a possibility for you?

StarlightMcKenzie Mon 18-Mar-13 17:23:25

Oh, sorry. Saw you were looking at S&L mainly.

MareeyaDolores Mon 18-Mar-13 21:14:11

What about current support of 1-1, plus reinstate the SLT,
within a small group via a tiny village school, or a even private school

(playing devil's advocate so you're prepared for other suggestions)

micku5 Mon 18-Mar-13 21:39:07

Thank you for all the advice so far. What is treetops?

One of the schools that I am looking at is a private school and the other two are mainstream but with language units attached.

She sees the SLT once every two weeks but it's now more of the academic side that is letting her down. She has only just mastered number bonds to 10 whereas her class mates are doing up to the hundreds some are at 1000.

sleepyhorse Wed 20-Mar-13 16:12:23

Hi micku, there's Meath in surrey and also blossom house in wimbledon, both which are fantastic language specialist schools but not sure how far this is from you? Or whether your LA would provide the transport?

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