Typically, about half of all placements are supported from the start by the Local Authority. The other half are not, but a few more are funded following dialogue with the Local Authority and support from Mary Hare School. If your child is not making adequate progress you can persuade your Local Authority to change its mind. The NDCS may also be able to support you with impartial help and advice (their Freephone helpline is 0808 800 8880).
Adequate progress is defined in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice as follows:
5.42 Adequate progress can be defined in a number of ways. It might, for instance be progress which:
5.41 The key test of the need for action is evidence that current rates of progress are inadequate. There should not be an assumption that all children will progress at the same rate. A judgement has to be made in each case as to what is reasonable to expect a particular child to achieve. Where progress is not adequate, it will be necessary to take some additional or different action to enable the pupil to learn more effectively. Whatever the level of pupils’ difficulties, the key test of how far their learning needs are being met is whether they are making adequate progress.
You know your child best. In simple terms, if you have the feeling they should be doing better at school it is likely that they are not making adequate progress.
Consider the reasons your child has been successful at Primary School and then compare your knowledge with what life will be like for your child at Secondary School. The NDCS has a very helpful factsheet with a list of questions that you could use to help you evaluate the schools available, so when you come to a decision as to which school you think is most suitable for your child, you will have something to help justify your selection. Below is a link to where you can find this factsheet on the NDCS website (this link was correct at the time it was posted):
http://www.ndcs.org.uk/family_support/order_and_view_our_publications/which_school.rma?utm_campaign=Membership&utm_medium=login&utm_source=login (please note you will have to join the NDCS to access this document)
Make sure you know how intelligent your child is verbally, non-verbally and mathematically and how much progress they are making linguistically and academically. To help you do this we have created two forms you can download in the ‘useful templates’ link below, that will help you keep a record of your child’s National Curriculum Levels and Speech and Language levels.
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