New school for A as well...

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New school for A as well...

I had a meeting with Alex's head of ks4 (technically he's still in ks3 lol) to discuss possible dual schooling and she feels strongly that it would be more appropriate to transfer Alex to mainstream entirely as his school have reached the end of what they can offer him.

So, like Jacqui, I am looking for a suitable school. And I am scared sh*tless. Literally in my case, I got in from the meeting and spent the next half an hour on the toilet :(

So... anyone's children transferred from special to mainstream?

 

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How exciting for A.

Sorry, I don't have any advice for you though.  My son's high school has a 'base' for some SEN children where they do some of the basic literacy and numeracy and they attend other lessons with the rest of the year, where appropriate

I assume the Head of KS4 will liase with high schools and their sencos to see what will be most appropriate for him?

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There's one school I have my eye on that shares grounds with his school. That would seem to make more sense if there's to be some to-ing and fro-ing in the transition period.

It's also a religious school, which I'm sure will make me feel horribly compromised in the years to come! LOL!!! (for anyone who doesn't know, for a child with a statement of SEN, usual admissions criteria do not apply in the same way)

Oh... marmalade!

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Beth it's a good school and since the SENCO has changed it's got more to offer SEN children, but it is very religious focused and Al would be expected to join in with every aspect of that.

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No advice, just wanted to wish you and A all the luck in the world for what will hopefully be an exciting and positive step forward.

Fwiw, my area is like Janey's, with one high school having a specialist autistic base where the children go as and when they need it.  Some children are taught in there the whole time, and are allowed in at break/lunch times, so that they don't mix with the mainstream pupils at all.  My friend's DD is integrated for most subjects, but has drama therapy in the base whilst the rest of her mainstream form are doing French.  She can also go back to the base at breaks and lunch times if she needs/wants to.  The staff there have given my friend fantastic support.

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ah see we don't have anything like that, sadly.

As for joining in, well for one, I doubt he would be allowed to do certain things, not being Christened or confirmed  and two, they would have to make an exception for him, being statemented and all that. He isn't capable of (for example) sitting through a two hour full ceremonial mass, and that's that! And three, a bit of Jesus probably won't hurt him. I don't object to it- well, not much anyway.

There's more reasons to choose this particular school than not TBH, so we'll just have to bend the rules to fit the child, which is after all what inclusion is all about.

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When do you have to decide by, and when do you hope he can start?

How does A feel about it?

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Had a quick chat with A tonight. He went from being totally anti any kind of change, true autistic style lol, to grudgingly agreeing that maybe Food Tech might be fun because it might help him in his ambition to one day work at McDonalds. (Aiming high, my lad, as you can see...)

I think I'll be able to talk him round. But really, he'd rather stay where he is. He understands why that may not be the best thing, but that's what he'd rather.

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ah see we don't have anything like that, sadly.

As for joining in, well for one, I doubt he would be allowed to do certain things, not being Christened or confirmed  and two, they would have to make an exception for him, being statemented and all that. He isn't capable of (for example) sitting through a two hour full ceremonial mass, and that's that! And three, a bit of Jesus probably won't hurt him. I don't object to it- well, not much anyway.

There's more reasons to choose this particular school than not TBH, so we'll just have to bend the rules to fit the child, which is after all what inclusion is all about.

Make that an hour mass. 

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LOL I've been to one that was 2 hours! Truly!

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Ah... it was a wedding, actually. maybe wedding masses are longer? Anyway it was L-O-N-G

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