Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Transitioning From A Statement to an EHC Plan

Today started with some catch up jobs from last week, the ironing being the biggest one!
The rest of the day was spent in a very long meeting at Teen Two's school.
Anyone with a special needs child will know that the current Statement of Special Educational Needs is being replaced with an Education Health and Care Plan...otherwise known as EHC Plan.
I won't bore you with all that went on at the meeting, but suffice it to say, I was, not for the first time, exasperated with our local council.
Teen Two's main education difficulties arise from his Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder.
Our own local authority discharged him  from Speech Therapy when he left primary school.
We had been quietly warned this would happen and was standard procedure, regardless of how much progress a child had or had not made.
The local authority had made the decision to put all their investment into Early Years, when most progress was generally made.
Well that is all well and good, but what happens to the children who do not go on to be age appropriate with their language skills?
We are in the fortunate position where we can ( with personal sacrifices being made) pay for private language therapy.
This had proved invaluable and is the only reason Teen Two has made the progress that he has.
We paid for the private therapist to provide a report for the transition meeting, and our local authority had said they would accept the report.
Imagine how cross I therefore felt today when I was told by the local authority's representative that they could not accept the report as evidence of Teen Two's needs!
When the private therapist is quoting the tests she has done, one wonders what the problem is.
They were however happy to accept the report of a neighbouring authority who had made a quick classroom observation of Teen Two and drawn up a report based on that!
The SENCO wasn't even aware the observation had taken place.
It's even more ridiculous that no assessment was carried out!
On the plus side, the comments that we had submitted formed quite a large part of the draft and was considered evidence of Teen Two's needs.
It is just a waiting game now to see if his support will continue.
It's never easy sitting in these meetings as by their very nature, their focus on the negative side of Teen Two's life, but what was heartening was hearing how well behaved, polite and pleasant he is and what a good role model  he is younger students.
I am glad this afternoon is over and will be dreading that large white envelope coming through the letter box in the next few weeks!

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