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Teacher with own Sen child.

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by Zoe29, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. Zoe29

    Zoe29 New commenter

    I need some thoughts on this. I have a child now in year two. She attends her local outstanding village school. She is dyspraxia with some sensory issues. ( although, this is lessening with age.) we had her privately diagnosed at the recommendation of the school. They took on the report, have had every specialist in school to suggest or provide therapy. I should be thrilled but...
    I teaching in a challenging school we have ofsted breathing down our necks constantly. The children have to make better than expected progress. I pull out every stop for the kids I teach. The children in my class are very challenging in many different ways.
    So I look at my child's school. They find her very challenging, she is frustrated. They have all specialists in but don't actually follow through with the recommendations from specialist. She has a laptop but barely gets out of the cupboard. She doesn't get tested for spellings even though she has had to work twice as hard as the other children in her class. They let her play educational apps on the iPad when ever she wants. She is a fantastic reader but they won't move her up levels.Stating her comprehension is not up to it. I gave her a copy of last years reading SATS she completed it in bed before sleep.It was perfect. They say she will struggle with maths next year as it is all abstract as that is what the program says. We have had two meetings about her plan as It was unchanged from reception- use playdough to form all letters cursive style?
    What do I do? I feel my child is being cheated out of an education on a daily basis.She is happy and settled, this has taken sometime. Is the school retarding my child's progress because of SATS? What should I do?
     
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I may be wrong but the profile of the school which your daughter attends may suit many of the children without SEND but their complacency in not addressing the needs of yours to me is obvious. It asked you to pursue an independent assessment and it is unable / unwilling ? to act upon its advice. Why ? This would be my starting point. I have also experience of teaching all my career in challenging ( socially deprived ) areas albeit at Secondary and we left no stone unturned to get the very best out of our students. (I really don't think some folk would appreciate the lengths to which we had to go to support and enable ). I have also ( in another role ) had experience of teachers and managers who were ultimately out of their depth in working with students with complex needs and where parents feel intimidated if they raise concerns. You are not that parent !
     
  3. CurriculumForAutism

    CurriculumForAutism Occasional commenter

    My son, who has autism, used to attend our small local school. At first they seemed very happy to have him there (my other 2 children were at the same school), but like your situation they became reluctant to put in place recommendations from specialists or advice from me (even though I had previously taught there as a supply teacher). Like your daughter's, my son's laptop stayed in the cupboard. The sensory room which had equipment they had applied for funding to get for my son, was used instead as a store room. They kept sending him home, often by 10am for challenging behaviours, they only allowed him to saty until 12am on good days, they excluded him for 6 weeks (he was only 7 years old), so I was unable to continue working myself. I now realise that what they wanted all along was for me to remove him from the school -which I eventually did when he was 9, as continuing the "fight" was taking to much of a toll on us all.
    Perhaps I'm a bit cynical, but this may be what your daughter's school want. It's too much effort for them to complete the extra paperwork required and to make changes to support your daughter, so they'd rather you went elsewhere. I wonder if you need to take advice from some charities about your daughter's rights, and perhaps even find a solicitor with SEND expertise.
    All the best!
     
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  4. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Agree too many schools who prefer not to embrace the 'challenge' with which some children present. Forgetting also the skills talents and gifts they have. Lazy and insupportable. These are the settings that should be named and shamed
     
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  5. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    The school do sound a little less than supportive. Have a look at the IPSEA website and consider contacting them for advice and support. They are good. Hope you get what your daughter needs.
    https://www.ipsea.org.uk/
     
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  6. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    In a lot of schools these days, there's a high staff turnover/lots of absence with supply taking over. Could this be a factor here?
     
  7. amunt

    amunt New commenter

    They aren't fulfilling their obligations, I would get some expert advice. Totally agree with minnie me. These places should be named and shamed. They are very common and an absolute disgrace.
     
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  8. Lunar546

    Lunar546 Occasional commenter

    Hi Zoe29. I also have a child with SEN. Things deteriorated so badly I started the tribunal for a change of placement. It was amazing how quickly his needs began to be met!! Wouldn't advise it tho - lots of stress!
    PM me if you want to. Happy to share the unpleasant experience!
     
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