Today I went into J's school to discuss the letter I recieved at the beginning of half term.
I spoke with the SENCO, the conversation regarding the letter went like this.....
Me: "Were you aware this letter was being sent out"?
SENCO: "No I wasn't".
So the school has my child with a Statement of SEN, the teachers are experiencing problems with J and are expressing concern about effort and level of progress. Wouldn't you think the obvious thing to do would be ...er....speak to the SENCO about the concerns?
Instead they sent out a blanket letter with no real plan beyond signing a report card each day which reports on how he has been in class with regards to his work. I have no issue with this per se as J has just had an increase in medication. Monitoring how he is responding is a good thing and will allow me to see how effective the increased dose is. I am not happy for it to be used as a punitive sanction though, especially when there has been no discussion with the SEN department.
I then had the joy of a discussion with J's caseworker at the LEA, I wanted to know if his case had been to Panel yet for possibke admission to a local special school which offers a mainstream curriculum. The caseworker's response was "actually no. I didn't think we were going ahead with that'."
"Ummm.....yes we are, in fact J's Dad is especially keen for this to be looked at....as I explained to you at the Annual Review."
I despair, I really do.