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Autistic 16 year old thrown out of college after one week

Discussion in 'Education news' started by phlogiston, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter


    This seems to be outrageous. I do hope that James can find a college that will both welcome him and offer him the course he wants to do.
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  2. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Established commenter

    Funding may be an issue but I have often heard staff make condescending comments like ' he does not belong here' before contacting parents to convince them their child would be better off elsewhere.
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  3. Dodros

    Dodros Lead commenter

    If he previously attended a special school, he must have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational, Health and Care Plan conferring certain legal rights up to the age of 25, including the right to go to a "named" educational institution. Does this right not extend to a further education college as well, then?
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  4. Deirds

    Deirds Established commenter

    My son's statement automatically stopped when he left his special school....

    College had a special range of courses. When he enrolled on a mainstream course after 3 years they tried to get an EHCP. Turned down by council.
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  5. saluki

    saluki Senior commenter

    He probably needs 1:1 support. The college probably can't afford it. We have a very, very, high number of autistic and SEN students. They don't always get the support that they need and deserve. We just have to do our best. I do remember us excluding a visually impaired student because we couldn't supply the round the clock supervision which he needed. Health and safety and all that jazz.
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  6. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    All very odd. There seems to be no hint of him having caused disruption so why did they do this?

    These days you have to be a round peg. The other pegs just get chucked in the bin. Sheesh.
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