A while back I came up with the idea of creating a number of information sheets, that contained information for parents regarding special educational needs (SEN). These would be first published on the blog with the option of a download via my, ‘Goggle Doc’s’.
Like always, I took this plan and laid it out bear, for all members of my facebook page to see! This was in the hope of gaining constructive feedback, and establishing just how many people within one group may benefit from such information! The feedback has been overwhelming, with all that responded requesting I push on a head as many are at their wit’s end.
Bearing in-mind the, ‘Green paper’ and the impact it would have on the way an LEA statemented a child, I was unsure whether It would now be a waste of time to go ahead with such an idea. However, given the response and the fact I’m still seeing a mass of parents visiting the, ‘Boy with Asperger’s facebook page’ on a daily basis, all with the same concerns, relating to the SEN system, especially that of the statementing process, (how it works and what rights they have). I decided to go ahead!
Of course these documents will need a complete overhaul, once the new system comes into play, but for now, they may be very beneficial to somebody who is about to, or otherwise already on, the Special educational needs roller-coaster.
It’s a big old jungle out there, meaning there is a huge amount of information you will require! So… this is how if decided to deliver it!
I will create three sections, these will be… section one,‘Understanding Special educational needs’ (requests, assessments, decisions). Section two, ‘Tribunal, the right to appeal’. Section three, ‘Preparation and the hearing’. Section four, ‘Maintaining a statement of SEN’(annual review, requests & decisions) Section five, ‘Disability discrimination’
Now you know what Sections will be covered, here’s what each will contain!
Section one, ‘Understanding Special education needs’ (request, assessments and decisions):
- Introduction to Special educational needs (SEN)
- Stages of SEN & Is my child receiving the right support
- Request for a, ‘Statutory Assessment’
- Decision to make a, ‘Statutory Assessment’ (Process & time-scales involved in carry out an assessment)
- Decision to Statement (Delivered in three sections 1) The proposed statement, 2) Parental choice (type of school, including a break down of options) 3) The final statement.
Section two: ‘Tribunal, the right to appeal’
- A refusal to carry out a statutory assessment
- A refusal to issue a statement
- Appealing the contents of a first Statement (including the school named in part 4)
- Appealing the contents of an amended statement
- A refusal to amend following a statutory reassessment
- A refusal to change the school named in part 4 of a statement
- An LEA’s decision not to amend a statement of SEN following an annual review
- An LEA’s Decision to cease to maintain a statement
Section Three: ‘Preparation and the hearing and decisions ’
- Working documents
- The hearing
- The decision
Section four: ‘Maintaining a statement’ (annual reviews, requests and decisions)
- The LEA’s duty to deliver the contents of a statement (required steps if duty is not delivered)
- The right to request the school named in a child’s statement
- Requesting a Reassessment of your child’s special educational needs
- The Annual Review process (Including information on an interim review)
- The Annual Review Year 9
- Annual Review Year 10
Section five: Disability discrimination
- Every child’s right to education
- School trips and education & additional activities (including playtimes, assembles, after school activities)
- Unofficial exclusions
- Alternative education
- Permanent exclusion
- Raising complaints
- Claiming Disability discrimination and the Law!
- The order of the tribunal
Each section will come with useful links and contacts. Section one, (a) will be posted on Monday the 12 th September. This post will be copied and added to the SEN, Know how! Page (This page will list all the post already published, providing a link for easy allocation). This means you will be able to locate your desired section and its content whenever you require it. It’s a challenge to bring you, my readers, all of the above. But those that know me, even in cyber-space, will know, I love a challenge!
My plan is to cover all the above, depending on how fast I can do so, is yet to be seen. Remember the laws and procedures applying to Special educational needs are all gearing up for a change (I will adapt this as need be, in-order to fit in with the new Education, health and Social care plans as of when it arises). As for how often I can publish each section and what it contains is random. I’m not prepared to tie myself to a certain day of the week, for one, this would be far to many weeks and at times I may decided to write two at once, or three a week, other weeks, I may have no time to write non at all. SEN is a complicated process, you really do need to be in the right frame of mind to get this out there. You should also remember I haven’t personally been through every single one of the listed above. However, I have been through many, and have read and studied a great deal in the subject.
Disclaimer: The information provided, has no bearing on my role as a tribunal adviser with NAS, and the advice provided is given on an independent level through my own choice to help others dealing with the listed issues and is created to form an additional feature to this blog and my facebook support page. Each post will contain a link that enables you to download as a fact-sheet via Goggle Docs. Copyright still remains the same! No one should copy or republish the information without given credit to the author and providing a Link back. If you require the use of this informational for anything but personal reasons, full permission must be sought. Please do not edit any of the wording in any of the post or the downloaded documents (these are provided for personal use only)!