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trying to get 1-2-1 help

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sbutt78 Mon 24-Feb-14 12:51:19

Hi, My son is in year 3 and is currently under CAMHS for his behaviour. We've seen the EP a couple of weeks ago. I feel that my son is far enough behind educationally that he needs 1-2-1 support in class and therefore am looking at doing this directly rather than through the school (with the schools support). My sons targets are below, do any of you have any advise as to whether you think he is below target enough:

Reading 1b
writing 1a
maths 2c

I just want the best support for my child I can.

Any advise welcome. Thank you.

AttilaTheMeerkat Mon 24-Feb-14 13:27:04

The only criteria for a statement (which is the usual way in which such help is granted) is need of one.

What did the EP recommend, you did meet with this person post your DS's assessment?.

I do not think that you feel that your son's additional needs are being fully met, am I right?. If this is the case I would be applying now for a Statement of Special Needs from your LEA.

IPSEA's website is very helpful in this respect and there are model letters you can use:-

You are his best - and only - advocate.

sbutt78 Mon 24-Feb-14 13:36:37

HI Attila thanks for your reply.

The EP and SENCO were talking about his behaviour mainly, also that he needs speech and language to come back as his needs are clearly still there even though they finished with him last summer!

I believe that the school are putting his behaviour as the reason he is not learning, even though it is clear to me and that he is far behind, I think he will benefit for some 1-2-1 support. They have started someone whom he already knows helping him in the afternoon but not sure how qualified she is to deal with his needs!

Thank you I will have a look through that.

I asked the school last week and the head said "The Senco and I have looked through the statement criteria and we are still not sure that * learning needs would justify one. The whole Special Needs criteria are currently being reviewed on a national level so we will continue to explore this as an option"

OneInEight Mon 24-Feb-14 13:46:56

You can get a statement on social and behavioural grounds irrespective of how well academically your son is doing. You might have a better chance on approaching statementing from this angle depending on the severity of the behaviour issues. Do you think the behaviour is a cause or a result of the educational needs?

sbutt78 Mon 24-Feb-14 13:55:07

I think at times he gets frustrated that he can't do something and that will cause an issue but I don't think it's all down to that. The main issues with his behaviour are aggression if he asked to do something he doesn't want to do he lashes out. He is defiant. He gets himself totally worked up and takes a very long time to settle. He throws things around the class. He's spent a lot of his time out the class room because he is distracting the other children. We are on the 4th exclusion now.

We are all hopefully that CAMHS and behaviour support can help him in the classroom with rewards and things they've set up. BUT he can be fine one minute and the littlest thing will set him off and then that's the whole day gone because he won't settle down. They are currently looking at what causes the upset in hope to stop before we get to THAT point.

The school have done the dyslexic test and he passed it.

I think I will write and see what happens.


OneInEight Mon 24-Feb-14 14:14:36

Definitely apply on behaviour grounds then. My sons are academically above average but we got a statutory assessment on first application due to the challenging behaviour - four exclusions for one and three for the other. We were also told we did not have sufficient grounds by the HT and EP but luckily the panel thought otherwise.

sbutt78 Mon 24-Feb-14 14:19:18

That's brilliant to hear, thank you so much OneInEight :-)

It's hard when like me you are not sure if you are over reacting, you listen to the school don't you. I will most definitely apply then.


ouryve Mon 24-Feb-14 16:00:45

DS1's greatest difficulties are social and behavioural. He is academically very able but his sensory difficulties and SEBD limit his access to a curriculum that matches up to his intelligence and curiosity. He's had a statement and 1:1 support for most of the day since reception. A lot of that support tends to be geared towards keeping him (and others) safe.

sbutt78 Tue 25-Feb-14 12:53:32

I've done it I've sent a letter applying for an assessment. now the waiting game! thanks for all your advise.

StarlightMcKingsThree Tue 25-Feb-14 15:00:39

good luck. that was quick.

sbutt78 Wed 26-Feb-14 10:33:05

Thank you. No point hesitating any more, lets get on with it and get my son some help :D

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