Today is my son's final day at primary school. (Well, until 2:30 anyway.) And not only primary, but last day in mainstream education. I'm not sure how I feel about this...on the one hand I am excited for him; his new school is lovely, and I am sure he will learn so much there. But on the other I am really sad that he is leaving his lsw behind; she has been a true support and friend to him. My mixed feelings also extend to his experience in mainstream; I am proud of him that not only has he made it to the end of Y6, but also in his chronological year group, and yet...and yet the journey has not been without its difficulties. Will he be able to escape the crushing burden of his label for the short while he is in the special school? Will my voice, as an intelligent, educated, professional, and yes, pushy (in that I want the best for my son, and I want to be involved) parent be heard? Or will I be dismissed as fussy and the door firmly closed? Will the teachers at the special school have a better understanding of the 'special needs parent'? Goodness, I do sound a bit self absorbed! I'm not really. I'm mostly bothered that he understands that this is goodbye to his school, most of his classmates, and his lovely lsw, and he doesn't really get it. Oh, and that I have to sit through another bleddy awful assembly!