We have a Y9 student with a diagnosis of moderate ASD. He has the equivilant of a statement, has been progressing well while at an international school but is hugely delayed in almost all areas of his development (he has a reading age of 6.5 - 7.3). My feeling is that in most LEA's in the UK he would be accepted into a mainstream school with a statement. The plan from his family is for him to move to the UK this summer as our schol currently only offer IGCSEs which would be totally unsuitable for him. All of us who work with him are hoping he can get into a school where he would be able to do a vocational course with a lot of emphasis on life skills and adequate support. He is really keen on anything practical and generally has quite a wide range of interests. So, my questions are: Does anyone know what the system is for returning students (he is a british citizen but has been in Africa for 6 years) being assessed for SEN provision and how are courses and school places allocated in such situations? He will probably moving to south east London (Lewisham area), does anybody know of any good schools or colleges in this area that offer very hands on vocational courses with a lot of emphasis on life skills? Thanks in advance.