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does the child have any diagnoses? Do they have a statement/ehc plan?
Are LA keeping to time scale with ehcp - when do you expect to receive the draft? What exactly are they suggesting - 5 hours of 1:1 home tuition or what?
Are you saying the school is not suitable for his needs, or is it that he needs further input to help him in this school?
There isn't any rule that the LA only has to provide 5 hours a week EOTAS for sick children.
The guidance is here. Note:
"LAs are responsible for arranging suitable full-time education for permanently excluded pupils, and for other children who – because of illness or other reasons – would not receive suitable education without such provision This means that where a child cannot attend school because of health problems, and would not otherwise receive a suitable full-time education, the LA is responsible for arranging provision and must have regard to this guidance."
" “Full-time education” is not defined in law but it should equate to what the pupil would normally have in school – for example, for pupils in Key Stage 4 full-time education in a school would usually be 25 hours a week."
"The law does not define full-time education but children with health needs should have provision which is equivalent to the education they would receive in school. If they receive one-to-one tuition, for example, the hours of face-to-face provision could be fewer as the provision is more concentrated."
LAs like to propagate a myth that 5 hours a week is all you're entitled to, but it really is a myth. I've heard it said that, provided the child can cope with it, a primary aged child should get at least 10 hours a week, and secondary aged child 15. I suppose it's a sliding scale between those two, i.e older primary aged children should get more than 10 hours. Things like PE should be provided on top, e.g. through taking them swimming.
I suggest you write to them quoting the above and section 19 of the Education Act 1996 and tell them that you want at least 10 hours a week home tuition starting immediately after half term, including proper SEN provision, and it should move to 15 hours a week as advised by CAMHS within say 3 weeks after that unless he's back in school; and if it doesn't happen you will have to take judicial review proceedings. If that doesn't work, contact the solicitor at SOS SEN to see if they can send a formal pre-action letter to the council.
I think the 5 hours came from the previous version of the guidance. However, what that required was a minimum of 5 hours a week. A lot of LAs chose to interpret that as meaning that was all they had to provide, and they still do.
One thing you should bare in mind is how intense one to one tuition is going to be!
Schools waste a huge amount of time in between the teaching so although 5 hrs isnt a lot and I do agree that it isnt a lot, it could be enough! Especially as it is a stop gap while you wait for a specialist school and while he is unwell anyway!
Maybe you could use some if the spare time to visit places while they are quiet during the day and get out and about to have some fun and improve his mental health!!
Five hours a week is highly unlikely to be enough. With all the timewasting in the world, how can one hour a day be equivalent to five hours in school?
I dont mean enough to pass A levels!! I mean enough to cope with for now for a child with mental health issues!!
And for a child with MH issues who clearly isnt coping in school so probably isnt learning a fat lot anyway!!
Sounds like you are doing a great job shiney! We took Dd3 out of school in June 15 to home ed her, she was very low and wasnt coping at all. She had just transitioned to secondary.
Keep doing what you are doing! The system moves slowly but you can use this time to give your Ds some time out! It wont harm his education in any way, he is little and has time on his side.
No-one thinks young children should be getting sufficient tuition to pass A levels, and obviously a child who is ill should only do as much as he or she is able to cope with. However, if the child can cope it remains the position that five hours a week is grossly inadequate. You only have to stop and think for a bit about all that is covered in the primary curriculum, and bear in mind that if the child is to go back in school he needs so far as possible to have covered the same ground as his classmates, otherwise the return to school may well be doomed to fail anyway because he will hate the fact that he is so far behind.
I know a mum on here who covered the whole of the primary plant curriculum in one day at Kew gardens with her son Gruntled! You wont ever convince me that children learn more in school than they do at home, whether they get one hour intensive tutoring or 5 hours of sensory bombardment, a bit of shouting, several lots of moving around to different places, confusion and goodness only knows what else!!
I am completely and utterly disillusioned with the system and I dont think there is anything you could say that would make me change my mind!
*it won't harm his education in any way, he is little and has time on his side" - this.
He probably doesn't want to go out, because he associates it with going to school
That could well be right knitting!
Dd3 visibly struggles if she is in a situation that looks or feels like school to her! Its horrible to see!
Luckily she doesnt self harm but I do think it is only by luck! I think we got her out just in time!
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