The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has recently published a case where Norfolk Council must reimburse £1,500 the family spent obtaining professional reports and pay the parents £5000 for their child’s lost opportunities for education and support, plus £500 for their avoidable distress caused by the Council’s faults.
This is the explanation I have recently received about 16-18 college funding for students with special educational needs and disabilities. I am passing this on in the hope that it will explain the financial benefit to having an Education Health and Care Plan [EHCP] * Continue reading
Schools Week has published an article about home education. It doesn’t mention unmet special educational needs; the issue of local authorities’ lack of power over academies; the threshold and eligibility for alternative provision; parents home educating while waiting for a place at a preferred school; or coerced deregistration.
It’s called “elective home education” but where a child has special needs, parents may feel the choice has been forced on them, and however much parents go on to devote themselves to home education and however positively it turns out, parents remain absolutely clear that their children have been badly let down.
My survey on home education and special needs closes midnight October 31st 2015. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SENandhomeed2015
There have been 162 responses so far. Over two thirds of parents cite the child’s unhappiness at school as a reason for home education, half say that anxiety prevented the child from attending school, and over a third said their child was not making progress at school or was being bullied.
I have been asking local authorities for the paperwork they send to parents when a child or young person is due to transfer from a statement to an Education Health and Care Plan. My request was specifically about home educated children but many councils have just provided their standard letters and forms which apply to ALL children and young people.