I finally plucked up the courage to phone the LEA last week. I turn into Super Efficient Mum- with the capitals- whilst dealing with them, it's just getting to that point that stumps!
Anyway it seems that it's been approved for Alex to go to mainstream and next week (this week?) it goes to panel for them to decide on funding. Or rather, for them to decide on the lowest possible level of funding that they think they might get away with, which I shall promptly appeal of course because it won't be nearly enough. *grin*
Looks like things are finally moving, though!