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Draft statement amendments after Annual review

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Lifeisfun91 Tue 18-Nov-14 10:20:51

Hi, I don't often post on here but would like some views. I have just received a draft statement following our annual review. It was agreed to keep things as they were as DD has changed school from Sept and let her settle in. They have added a few things that I am unsure about:
'DD has made good progress particularly in literacy' She has increased by 1 sub level in 1yr and 2 terms; would any body agree with this comment and have any words of wisdom to reply with.
Also they have removed our parental views and replaced with ' parents are unhappy with support and DD is unhappy, so wish to change school' I am not happy with this, as this was a school issue and nothing to do with our views on DD's SEN.
I am not looking forward to Thursday as we have a meeting at school to discuss that they are not putting part 3 in place and providing the interventions that are specified.

uggerthebugger Tue 18-Nov-14 21:14:13

Hi life, it sounds like a bag of clanky arse, imo. thanks

Have I got this right? You've had a recent annual review and want changes to the statement - and as things stand now, the school aren't implementing the statement in its current form?

One sub-level progress in 5 terms is not good progress at all - and it's certainly not 'adequate' progress. If you're still on the statementing track, 'adequate' is the word that matters here, as that's what the law recognises.

English education is moving gingerly away from NC level- & sub-level-based assessment, but many schools are still using this approach. Not sure what age your DD is, but to give you some idea of the rate of expected progress: children are expected to make at least two full NC levels of progress between the end of Year 2 and the end of Year 6. That's 6 sub-levels of progress, to be made in 12 terms - so roughly 1.5 sub-levels per year.

So for 5 terms, you'd expect an average child to make about 2.5 sub-levels of progress. Not one. You need to ask them why they consider 1 sub-level to be good progress, and if necessary get them to spell out in the statement what 1 sub-level of progress actually means - that even with current provision, DD is still falling behind.

The other thing to bear in mind is this - how confident are you that she's even made 1 sub-level of progress? Internal primary school NC assessments are notorious for being total bollocks subject to inflation, and I'd imagine that the pressure to inflate grades is even more acute now that teachers are having to deal with performance-related pay - their own pay rises depend on being able to show progress.

I'm not too sure what's going on with the parental views. Have the LA badly summarised your views in the main body of the statement? Have they deleted your views from the statement's appendices that contain the evidence? Alternatively, has the school failed to include your views in the annual review report that they sent to the LA after the annual review meeting? In most cases, they are on dicey ground if they have failed to represent your views properly. You shouldn't have too many problems getting this sorted.

Best of luck with Thursday's meeting. Do you have any backup? If your LA has half a brain, they'll be leaning on the school to implement the terms of the current statement - it's the LA that's legally responsible for making sure the provision is delivered, not the school.

Icimoi Tue 18-Nov-14 22:17:46

What ugger said. If they haven't got very concrete plans in place to put everything in part 3 in place immediately, contact the local authority pointing out that it is their statutory duty to ensure that everything in part 3 happens and asking what they are going to do about it. And if they don't do anything about it, tell them you're contacting a specialist solicitor with a view to taking judicial review proceedings.

Lifeisfun91 Wed 19-Nov-14 12:18:52

Thank you for you replies and putting my mind at rest, I am not going mad. DD is in yr9, didn't get diagnosis or Statement till yr 6 after a huge battle.
My plan for the meeting tomorrow is to ask for evidence, who, and qualifications to why they have decided the interventions no longer need to be carried out when we have professional reports and a statement detailing the support required. Then give them 4 weeks to put it in place, otherwise they will be receiving a solicitors letter.
I am so upset that the school when we spoke to them before moving said that the support on the statement would be done as 'it is a legal document, therefore we have to do it'
I am shocked that the school have spoken to S&L and OT, and now they are saying support is not required as well without carrying out any re assessment or speaking to me only 3 months after the annual review when it was agreed to keep all support the same.

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