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Here are some suggested organisations that offer expert advice on SN.

any ideas how I can find something out

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2shoes Wed 08-Jul-09 22:30:58

dd has started transition(yr 10) and I have had to look at a college, now I don't want her to go there, IMO she will be better of if she stays where she is, but that is the expensive private option.....
what i need to find out is what the mix of sn is in the yr 10 comming from the sn feeder school. any ideas??
I want to know how many are in wheelchairs, Have cp, have behavioural problems and so on.

cyberseraphim Thu 09-Jul-09 09:39:18

Freedom of Information Act ? If you make it clear you don't want any personal data just a stats breakdown on physical/cognitive abilities in the school ?

springlamb Thu 09-Jul-09 14:39:21

What about the Connexions adviser? Presumably they will be involved in all the SN admissions to the college and could give just gen. info such as 'there will be 10 admissions, 5 from X school, 5 from Y school, 3 of those in wheelchairs, 2 with complex medical needs..'
The 'mix' of SN is important. I'd like it if ds had some kids operating at around his level for his post-16.
Have decided to have a look at the college in Cheltenham in the autumn. It still leaves me a bit shaky when I think about weekly boarding but his teenage BO is getting worse wink.

2shoes Thu 09-Jul-09 18:50:56

both good Ideas thanks.
I don't want dd to end up on her own surrounded by walking talking young people.
I am also going to say they will have to put a new accesible toilet in for her, the 2 in the college are accesed via the PLMD classroom.

WetAugust Thu 09-Jul-09 22:57:15

The college should have section that can give you this info - sometimes called Learning support, Access Support etc depends on teh College.

She should also have a specialist Connexions advisor (not the ordinary sort) who knows about SEN provision in your area.

Best wishes

2shoes Thu 09-Jul-09 23:00:19

she does, I just never thought of it, I will ask the school(hers)

Goblinchild Thu 09-Jul-09 23:01:54

Is it a bird?
Is it a plane?
Welcome back WetAugust, how are things with you and yours?

2shoes Thu 09-Jul-09 23:03:41

can you name change to dryaugust please:O

Goblinchild Thu 09-Jul-09 23:11:04

I don't know why she chose that name, but wetaugust knows a huge amount about the system, legal rights and legal loopholes that the authorities try and use. She's not just an erudite and well-informed woman, she's a good'un too.
Passes over the bucket of rjoca. I've finished my reports and checked, double-checked and sealed them. Waiting for the fallout on Monday!

2shoes Thu 09-Jul-09 23:12:35

oh wetaugust please be my new best friend

Goblinchild Thu 09-Jul-09 23:17:12

Just don't try and hug her or she'll kneecap you. grin

TotalChaos Thu 09-Jul-09 23:20:39

do 16+ colleges have ofsted reports? If so you might be able to get some basic info from that about the type of SN the college is using to dealing with, and how well they seem to cope.

WetAugust Thu 09-Jul-09 23:35:49

Hi GoblinChild
You've finished the marking early for once smile

Have given up drinking mid-week - it makes me fall asleep during really boring meetings!

Am absolutely hopping mad though at latest insult. I was sent a copy of a letter one doctor had written to another referring my son to his clinic and calling him "THE INDIVIDUAL" - not 'young person' or 'my patient' but INDIVIDUAL. Grrrr! Very cross!

Now can't decide wheter to stick with Dr who has zero social skills and awareness or change to one whose name looks like someone has lent on the keyboard!

It never ends!

Goblinchild Thu 09-Jul-09 23:43:02

I'm planning next term's maths lessons for the first three weeks, but I keep popping over here and getting distracted.
It's probably the latest uber-neutral patientspeak for doctors. have you had one referring to him as a 'customer' yet?

WetAugust Thu 09-Jul-09 23:50:23

Yep - have had 'customer' and 'service user'.

There was a Parliamentary Committee meeting today to discuss 'gobblygook' in the public services. Shame I was at work at the time writing an investment appraisal on the effect on our stakeholders of rolling out the latest agile business initiative designed to address the lack of diversity and lack of a level playing filed across the piste.

Yep - I can do publi-speak as well as edu-speak.

Goblinchild Thu 09-Jul-09 23:57:23

We're talking about you on another thread, the one complaining about too many areas and threads in sn. Come and join us. Vic's boy has gone AWOL, but you probably knew that already.

2shoes Fri 10-Jul-09 09:00:57

TC they do and sadly they got an excelent

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