yes ds aged 11 who is very severely autistic goes to an independent NAS school. LA pay fees and transport but only because of tribunal case. The fees are about 60,000 for the school as a day pupil plus about 20,000 for transport.
Ds goes to the school bjkmummy's child is due to start, fees are about the same maybe slightly more as he's post sixteen and transport is £20,000pa. LA pay it all. We didn't get to Tribunal LA gave us the placement as we had leave for Judicial Review on the grounds of irrationality.
A friend of mine pays the fees for an Independent school but the LA fund the TA support that she secured through a statement. Fees for the school are £6,000pa TA support for 16 hours per week are probably almost double that.
In Ds's class there are 6 pupils and four members of staff, he has speech therapy twice a week and OT weekly. He follows an individual curriculum which is delivered 1 to 1 much of the time, sometimes 1 to 2 and occasionally 2 to 3. It's the expertise and the ratios that makes it expensive.
'It's the expertise and the ratios that makes it expensive.'
And in my ds' school there is a lot of 'support' as well as training for the staff. So they get perks such as free yoga, massage, counselling etc. supposedly to help them work with more difficult children!?
The independent special school we're looking at is £54k pa for day pupils. We know there's nowhere in the LA that will fit the bill, but we're still going to have to put forward a good case. There is precedent, though with several kids from our area attending this school.
I know Moondog. I suppose investment in the welfare of the staff is considered justified on the basis that they will then do a better job.
Perhaps they can attract better quality candidates that way. No idea.
Though the school is an indpendent one and not particularly set up to get taxpayer money. It's just that LAs are doing such a shoddy job that these places are the only places offering adequate education. It's not really their fault, but LA's who have such poor evidence-base for what they do, even it some of it IS good.
Maxsanta...am in a similar situation with my DD who is academically able with Aspergers but because she is 'coping' in a mainstream setting apparently does not meet criteria for statement or any specialist support. Very concerned as she starts senior school this September that things will go a bit pear shaped because the secondary school will not be like her junior school, which is nurturing and very supportive and very small.
We pay for an independent school with smaller classes/cohorts about half the size of a mainstream state school but we have no chance of any LEA funding! It is academically selective so her intellectual capacities are catered for very well. Most independent schools have no particular special skills with ASD ...hopefully you will find one that is able to offer proper support.
The NAS suggested schools do seem to cater primarily for boys and also those who seem more severely affected than my DD. I will be watching this thread eagerly to see if anyone has any good suggestions as I have been unable to find anything wholly suitable for her.