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what if we don't get an increase in statement hours

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endoftherainbow Wed 05-Dec-12 14:11:09

Had the meeting today. What a disappointment. School were unable to quantify the support time ds is requiring and had failed to prepare. Sadly it was clear they didn't know what they should be doing, even though I've stated that they need to quantify everything. They wont get more hours by just saying they need it. Even the EP looked frustrated. Just hoping they can pull it together in time for it to go to panel!

'Don't as a parent feel like your the one that needs to run around like a headless chicken.'

LOL, - that is pretty much ALL that my ds' previous two SENCO's did. No outcomes for ds mind. Just meetings about meetings about meetings. If we questioned how things have improved for ds, she pointed out everything she was doing.

Okay love, but it ain't about you........

Fluffanstuff Sat 20-Oct-12 19:21:53

Hi I am a special educational needs co-ordinator and with a lot of experience . Firstly I would like to tell you that the school cannot ask you to leave. Once your son has his statement they are legally required to provide the stated support to him. The school will be getting 14.5 hours of funding from the local authority for your son. This is his money and should only be spent on him. Although they may not be able to financially support a ta for the rest of the time he is not funded for they have to give you those 14.5 hours. If you apply for an increase and it is not granted they are not allowed to ask you to leave. However , and this is where it becomes tricky , you know your son , if the school are unable to support him for the full time how will your son cope ? Is it just mainly break times he requires more support or does he need help in the class room too ? Either way the school cant ask you to leave. it just becomes a case of you deciding what you feel is best for your son keeping him there or moving to a different school that may have more ta's in the classroom. In any case its the schools duty to find solutions for these issues and work around them , its in the billions and billions of pages of equality and diversity legislation and the disability discrimination act. Don't as a parent feel like your the one that needs to run around like a headless chicken. Its their job ...well actually its the SENCO's job.

endoftherainbow Tue 16-Oct-12 19:39:44

We're ploughing our way through the assessment process of getting a dx for DS who is 6. CAMHS agree that he is showing signs of aspergers although it's not severe. It is however causing him to be a barrier to his own learning. He has a statement of 14.5 hours class & 5 hours midday supervision which is currently categorised as BESD. The midday supervision has helped immensley since it started as he does need help at playtime, but there is only TA support in class in the mornings. The school is now saying that the statement isn't enough and they need more. If we don't get more, what can the school do? Can they insist we leave?

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