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pre-school panel? First stage for statementing?

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thederkinsdame Thu 22-Oct-09 20:38:28


I've bieen told that we should wait for PSP meeting as statementing process will follow on from this... Is this right or not? I am a bit dubious as we do not have the most supportive paed in the world...

Also, any tips for letters of support for PSP team - what should we say?


thederkinsdame Thu 22-Oct-09 20:39:11

Sorry when I say statementing, follows on, I mean that it is the first step in looking to get a statement IYSWIM

lou031205 Thu 22-Oct-09 20:56:26

Absolutely wrong! You can apply yourself. We did, & just last week our LEA wrote to us agreeing to assess. Crucially, you get right of appeal, the school don't.

Go to IPSEA to get the model letter. Send it off ASAP. They then write to you & preschool, asking for your reasons. They have 6 weeks to make a decision and inform you.

lou031205 Thu 22-Oct-09 20:57:38

Can you say a bit about your DC? Might help re: your letter for PSP smile

thederkinsdame Thu 22-Oct-09 21:16:04

Thanks Lou! I asked for loads of posts taken down after DM-gate, so have been a bit cagey since then. Basically, DC has ASD (mild) but has been struggling at MS nursery with additional support (not 1:1 tho). Due to start school next Sept, and we are having to apply without any way of knowing what level of support we can expect (if any). I think we may get a statement, as there is a tendancy to lash out when stressed. Does that help at all?

Portage/nursery intervention team told us we should wait angry for the PSP meeting. This could be cos she knows we will get a EP and put forward, but I feel very confused by the whole process...!

AttilaTheMeerkat Thu 22-Oct-09 22:16:48


Apply for the Statement yourself now and ignore folk who say wait for PSP meeting. You will need to write to the Chief Education Officer of your LEA and give them six weeks to reply.

IPSEA have model letters you can use. Read their website and get as much independent advice as possible. Parent Partnership can work very closely with LEAs as a whole and are therefore not fully independent of them.

lou031205 Thu 22-Oct-09 23:00:31

Yes, that helps.

What you have to remember is that once you send that letter, the LEA have a big clock set off "Tick tock, tick tock"

-6 weeks to decide whether they assess
-10 weeks to gather all info
-2 weeks to decide whether to issue statement
-2 weeks to inform parents
-8 weeks to issue final statement.

That's 6 months. Even if you write the letter tonight, and everything goes smoothly, you won't know what provision your DS will get until 22/04/2010. If you wait for the PSP meeting, that could be the end of May, June, July... too late, IMO, especially for a runner.

Re: letter. Be clear, be precise. What impact will no support have? Stress safety for your DS and other children.

thederkinsdame Thu 22-Oct-09 23:30:13

Thanks for your advice. We just feel so confued by everything. PSP is in 3 weeks time, but we will be pushing for statementing.

lou031205 Thu 22-Oct-09 23:42:39

If it would help, I'd be willing to let you see what I submitted to justify my request of an assessment?

I know that preschool wrote that DD had hit staff sad - it is important that they are as "real" as possible - no positive spin.

thederkinsdame Fri 23-Oct-09 22:58:06

Thank, you Lou, I may take you up opn that. Are you on TTR, by any chance?

lou031205 Sat 24-Oct-09 20:06:48

Sometimes, but can mail on lou031205 at googlemail dot com smile

StarlightMcKenzie Sun 25-Oct-09 11:47:11

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thederkinsdame Sun 25-Oct-09 19:36:32

Thanks for all your help, everyone. i think we are going to take a deep breath and start the process off. Lou - I will defo e-mail you!

I know what you mean, starlight. it's completely crap and as far as I can see everyone seems to be interlinked department wise, so you never really get impartial advice IYSWIM. Someone gave me a link to ipsea today, so i'm going to call them in the morning :-)

Will let you all know how we get on. Expect lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth over the next 6 months or so...!

StarlightMcKenzie Sun 25-Oct-09 21:45:22

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