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Discussion in 'Parenting' started by polmac, Jun 14, 2019 at 1:17 PM.

  1. polmac

    polmac New commenter

    wonder if I might have some help or advice please. My child is due to go to secondary school in 2020. At present he is in a ASN school as he was premature and delayed. He has caught up and is now doing quite well. He is particularly skilled in Literacy and Geography and is very keen to learn.

    We have been told since he was in P2 that academically there is no reason why he should not attend mainstream secondary but he can have a problem with social skills eg organisation wise, moving round the building in a secondary school, large classes etc.

    He is capable of Nat 4s and 5s but the ASN Secondary does not offer this and most of the mainstream secondary schools are too crowded and large for him. although there are classroom assistants and ASNAs there but not allocated to him so lunchtimes could be tricky.

    Our only option would be a private secondary school which would allow him to access an appropriate curriculum and be in a smaller class. However there are no CAs or ASNAs in these schools

    Has anyone else been in this position or could offer another alternative to our dilemma please?

    Thanks so much
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    So much depends on the secondaries available in your area, and you really need to be booking to visit these and talk to relevant people about how he might cope and what support might be available, as well as get a feel for what the school is like, particularly at lunch/break times if you think they may be an issue. Start doing that this term - there's usually a bit more time available now for staff to meet you.
    Obviously with the private school you factor in the smaller classes when looking at the lack of support staff.

    Have you considered moving him to a mainstream primary, so that he can begin to get used to being in a "larger" environment? Perhaps with only one year left the benefit is not worth the disruption of an extra change of school.

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