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Question re: TA support for 5 year old in primary school
Our 5 year old daughter who has spastic diplegia started in Reception at her new mainstream primary school in September 2014. The local school is well respected for it's inclusive approach with SEN children. However, they do not have any experience with CP or physically disabled children. Our daughter has just started taking independent steps, but is still very unsteady and gets around with her tripods and K walker in school. The management team at the school insist on having several TAs (one main, one back up, 2-3 other TAs over breaktimes). I understand this is to make it easier for the school to manage any TA absences. However, our daughter has had several falls since the start of term, far more than when she was with dedicated 1:1 in nursery. All of the falls have been with TAs who have had insufficient manual handling training. I am trying to make the school understand that it is not safe to have a rota of untrained TAs working with a physically disabled child and would very much like to know from other families how their childrens' school manage dedicated TA support.