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Senior schooling for child with AS.

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QueenOfTheCatBastards Mon 20-Feb-17 16:46:50

Afternoon all, I'm wondering if I could ask for your opinion about secondary schooling please? I'll apologise in advance for rambling. Sorry!

My nine year old has Asperger's, and has been in and out of crisis for the last 18 months. He has managed to remain in school purely through resilience and stubbornness on the part of me and the school. There are four staff members in his classroom, one of whom is a dedicated 1:1, he doesn't follow the same curriculum as the rest of the class. Hell, he isn't even in the right class, he's in the one from last year as the transition to y5 was a spectacular failure. He's luckily that his school are amazing. The head and the SENCo are pulling out all the stops to keep him on as even a keel as possible. They're spending well in excess of the funding they get for him through the SEN budget and his EHCP award.

It's quite obvious that he isn't going to cope in any of the local senior schools. They're all schools of 1500, twonof which have form for 'not understanding' children with high functioning ASD.

I'm looking into alternative secondary options, and they're not local or general entry. They're specialist schools and I suspect not easy to secure places at.

I keep hearing people say it's not worth trying, or that he'll only get a place if he's been permanently excluded from mainstream and PRU units first. I don't want to put him through the hell of those situations if I can help it. His anxiety is through the roof as it is, and I physically can't keep dragging him into schools as he's growing at a rapid rate.

Is this the next few years for us? No learning until the system has broken him enough to qualify for an education?

Sorry again for the length, and thanks for sticking with me.

F1ipFlopFrus Wed 22-Feb-17 07:59:11

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