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Uninformed school visit..(16 Posts)
So must of you know, I am a few days till I attend my SENDIST hearing.
I was speaking to DS teacher today and she let slip that someone will be coming to observe DS on Wednesday.
What the.... I was not informed!!!!
I specifically wrote a letter to the head of DS current school and the SENCO that if anyone from the LA would like to observe DS or whatever, they require my permission first.
What should I do?
Should I request, on Wednesday, that I will like to present in the observation? Has anyone been in this situation?
I don't think you can really stop someone coming just to observe. After all, the school doesn't have to ask permission for people like Ofsted inspectors, school governors and student teachers to go into the classroom. You can make it clear that the person concerned isn't to have any direct interaction with your child, but it doesn't sound as if they intend to anyway.
Hi icimoi, I don't mind them observing DS (even though I would of liked to be informed) but I could I be present in the observation?
Message withdrawn at poster's request.
I put a formal complaint in when I was served a ep, ot and slt report I was informed of.
It was investigated and upheld as I had not given permission ( pretty hard as I wasn't never informed).
Under the old statementing law I had the right to be present. That's where they fell foul. You have the right to be present.
Wether I would have exercised the right, I don't think so. But to have my son repeatedly assessed without me knowing really ticked me off. He came out in a right mess one day and I had no idea why.
The hearing was on a Friday. The first I knew of the observations was when the reports was served for deadline
i really think that once final evidence deadline has gone that it should be okay to say to no because leading up to that they have had months to prepare their case. post final evidence they are clearly just trying to get evidence to use against you at the hearing and they will have to submit it as late evidence anyway which you can oppose to.
my friend a week before her hearing had a LA EP insist that they saw her son so she agreed because everyone told her you cant be obstructive. LA EP then on the day of the hearing rocked up with a report on the child undermining the parents evidence. the parent objected to the report and contents and the judge refused to allow it in and said if my friend had opposed and the LA sought to get an order to for the child to be seen then they would have said no to the LA EP seeing the child anyway as so close to the final hearing. I have an awful feeling my LA are going to start asking for my dd to be seen next week and im going to say no as too late and now weeks past final evidence - they should have asked before liked I did as I knew I would need a report to go in late.
There isn't much point in opposing the late written evidence though, they can give the evidence orally.
Child off sick from now until hearing?
It's technically possible that hearing could be adjourned as child hasn't been present for obs though but tbh, that would be a bit ridiculous as well past final deadline for evidence.
i was thinking that with my dd star as she is really struggling at the moment but she was also in a mess the week before the last tribunal so kept her off for a week them as well so her attendance aint the best as it is but now with just 5 weeks to the end of term part of me just thinks sod it all............
that is true icimoi - I think the judge at my friends hearing was just mad that the LA left it so late when they hadn't seen the child for about a year so was a last minute attempt to undermine the parent rather that the LA having the childs best interests at heart
Starlight I was thinking the same thing .
Your right Starlight and Icimoi, the judge will adjourn the hearing if the LA don't have enough evidence (they don't) and the LA have already submitted late evidence (way way past evidence deadline) and the judge has allowed this.
bjk I was thinking of doing the same thing, but DS school is very strict when it comes to attendance.
How is your DS? Does he know he will be observed? How will he react to it?
If he is stressed then keep him off school and take him to the GP. Children can be signed off sick with stress.
my indie ep has today advised me not agreeing for any further assessment - dd now in a right old state so told me just to keep her off school if needs be - to be fair my dd has always had an excellent attendance record but in the last couple of years its all just getting too much - with just 5 weeks to the end of term im sort of past caring now but will see how the next few weeks go and await and see if the LA going to do any last minute shenaigans
DS does really well in assessments if I present. If I'm not there, he would not attend at all!
The LA can observe DS, but in no way can they assess him. The teacher couldn't tell me who will be observing DS. I'm going to try and find out tomorrow if need be.