Category Archives: School

Up and down the slippery SEN ladder again

My son started college in September.  It isn’t going as well as we had hoped.  Poor communication and inconsistent support has led to him dropping out.  Our troubles began in the summer when it became clear that college weren’t really interested in listening to … Continue reading

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So what have I been doing?

I’ve just realised that it was April since I last posted!  That really is a very long time even for my standards.  Anyway here’s a catch up on what I’ve been doing. Home schooling my daughter We’ve lengthened our lessons … Continue reading

Posted in Aspergers, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Girls with aspergers, Home Education, Post 16, School, Special Educational Needs | 3 Comments

Teaching Assistants – why I don’t need my expectations managed

I was having a relaxing bank holiday Monday until I read a newspaper article about the use of teaching assistants supporting children with special educational needs.  The article made me rage for several reasons. Firstly it suggested that SEN children who … Continue reading

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Some positive news

If you read my blog regularly you’ll know that I’ve been struggling with my son’s anxiety and school refusing on and off for a long period of time.   It has been a difficult road for all of us we as we’ve had to … Continue reading

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Longer school hours – did anyone think about the #SEN child?

You’ve probably heard about the government proposal to extend school hours to 45 hours of education per week.  Apparently it is designed to allow ALL parents to work full time without resorting to additional childcare.  You can read more about it here. My view is … Continue reading

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Friend or Foe?

In the early days of my son’s diagnosis I felt a compulsion to read as much as possible about autism.  It helped and I learnt a lot but after a while I grew tired of reading the academic explanations of autism … Continue reading

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£30m to fund SEN champions – a waste of public money?

A press release from the DfE today announced that £30million will be used to fund champions to support families through the new SEN process.  Yes, £30,000,000!  Sounds good doesn’t it and I’m sure these champions will help some parents but … Continue reading

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Why has my son been denied support?

I am struggling with what has happened to my son.  I thought I did everything right – getting a statement, finding what I thought was a suitable special school and then helping him through his anxiety issues.  I was so … Continue reading

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Betrayed

I can’t tell you how gutted I feel at the moment.  I trusted the school to do what was right for my son and now I feel totally and utterly betrayed. My son’s annual review meeting was a tense affair.  We told … Continue reading

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The plot thickens

Following on from my previous post I have now found out that the ‘concern’ about my son’s attendance has originated from the school’s Board of Governors not my LA as I previously thought.  According to the head the Board are going through pupil’s … Continue reading

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