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What sort of photos do schools keep on pupils' files?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by kittylion, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

  2. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    It's not. I've never seen anything but a head shot and in full school uniform . . . .that's the norm . this photo is rather disturbing to say the least
  3. Y7, Y10, Y12, head and shoulders. I see no need for any other. We aren't allowed to put a name to a face on a school photo, even when it appears on the newsletter in positive terms - "Students [surnames] did spendidly for the under 13s last week at Ayesbury. Congratulations to all."
  4. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

    There are several photos Kibosh - one or two of them are upsetting. Why would they take a photo rather than try and sort out what was wrong?
  5. annelda72

    annelda72 New commenter

    Non verbal autistic child in a mainstream school. Utterly ridiculous. I imagine that the photos were taken to prove the school couldn't meet her needs. Parental choice would most likely have got the mainstream place. Her parents find 1:1 teaching of her challenging. Try putting her in a class of 30 and expecting the teacher to cope. Perhaps the photographer did immediately sort out what was wrong after taking the photo? Just saying.
  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Hardly a child proof gate. In one photo the gate was open and in another she could have stepped over it.
  7. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    I'm not sure what you mean . . . . your question is a bit unclear . . . . .
  8. kittylion

    kittylion Senior commenter

    I immediately thought the same as you about a non-verbal autistic child in a mainstream school - but would they really need photos as proof? In any case, they don't seem to prove anything - in fact her parents seem to consider them as ammunition.

    However I do take your point about her parents finding her challenging on a 1:1 basis so how did they expect a teacher to manage her in a class of 30?
  9. bedingfield

    bedingfield New commenter

    According to the BBC reporting of this; it occurred in January 2013. Why has it taken two years for this to become news?

    I work in a specialist provision, and yes evidence often has to be gathered if further support for the child is needed. However, this is usually written accounts of things witnessed - not photographic evidence.

    I realise that parents have the right to send their child to the school of their choice (often an ill informed choice which goes against professional recommendations), but I have seen the effects that a mainstream classroom can have on a child who needs the small class/small group environment of a specialist setting. If they transfer to us after being in mainstream for a long time then it is very hard for them to change behaviours and adapt. It can take a year for them to settle and start to show their real potential and flourish.

    I would expect a non-verbal autistic child to be statemented with full hours of support if they are placed in a mainstream school. Surely she should have had 1:1 support.

    What makes me sad is that the child is being failed here.

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