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Transitioning from primary to high school, struggling to get the right support
My son is about to start secondary school. He has complex health and learning difficulties. The LA decided special school was best but we contested this at tribunal. The LA hadn't made its decision within the law. This has mean't a huge delay in his transition. The school have lots of potential. We have asked that we co produce his education because it takes a long time to tune into our son. The school have placed him in a registration class which has no other children from his primary school even though our tribunal was partly based on the fact that he needed to be around children that knew him. They have employed a worker who I have only met for less than a minute but she really isn't a good match for his needs. My son hasnt met her at all yet the plan is that I have to hand him over to her in the car park on the first day of term. I would like to know what the guidance is regarding personal care of a 12 year old boy - surely he should have some say in who does this stuff with him. By employing a woman they have reduced his options of using a male toilet and restricting him to disabled toilets. They have also decided that he doesnt need a BSL signer- just someone willing to learn. He really needs to be taught via sign supported english as this is the method that has been working for him at primary. He will now go from having signing as part and parcel of his education to waiting for the TA to learn..it takes 30 weeks to do level one and 45 weeks to do level 2..really my son needs someone at level 2..so we are now in the position that he will have to wait until he is in year 9 before he will have the right provision in place. He also has a lot of barriers to inclusion. He will need a TA with him virtually all the time ..he needs to be with the other boys talking about the latest tunes..soccer..age relevant stuff yet they have employed a mum figure to work with him..I can imagine the kids giving him a wide berth ..the school will think they have done more than enough engagement with us but for us everything has been far too rushed ..the school said that they know him after a handful of visits and that i should trust them but they have made 2 fundamental decisions so far which will create more barriers for him