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A MUM is refusing to send her nine-year-old son who can’t read or write back to school as she claims he’s learnt more on Minecraft.
Jessica, and her husband, Daniel, from Wales, claim Stephen, who’s been diagnosed with global development delay, Tourette’s, ADHD and OCD anxiety, has learnt more being at home these past few months.
Mum-of-three Jessica claims that she’s been battling for years to get Stephen, who also has exotropia, a condition causing the eyes to misalign and turn outward, assessed for a statement of education needs.
She believes that a place in a specialist school, or one on one support, could benefit Stephen, but he’s “getting lost in the system” in his mainstream school.
Jessica, 28, says her two other children, Tyler,11, and Maisie, eight, who attend the same school are happy, but Stephen has such complex needs which are not being met.
She told Wales Online: “He is not happy at school and has learned nothing. He can’t read anything and can write his own name but can’t write.
“I am not sending him back to school come September. I know he won’t be happy and what’s the point if he’s not getting an education?”
Since schools shut due to coronavirus, Jessica claims Stephen is calmer and happier at home and has stopped having meltdowns despite being “very very far behind” academically.
And while she can’t teach him schoolwork at home, she feels he’s benefitted and learnt more from playing games such as Lego and Minecraft.
What is a Special Educational Needs statement?
A statement of special educational needs sets out your child's needs and the help they should have. It is reviewed every year to make sure that any extra support given meets your child's needs.
Once the Education Authority (EA) in your region has assessed your child, they can decide to record the information they have in a statement of special educational needs.
This statement describes your child's needs and the special help they should receive. The EA usually makes a statement if they think your child's school cannot provide this help.
Jessica explained that when Stephen's school became a ‘superschool’ two years ago her efforts to get him assessed for a statement went backwards, and she had to start again.
Stephen, who has been under the care of a paediatrician since 18-months-old and then transferred to care under Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) two and a half years ago, has seen the educational psychologist once.
Following Stephen’s diagnosis 18-months-ago with a range of conditions and sensory disorders, Jessica says she went to the local education authority special educational needs panel herself to petition on his behalf.
She claims they “pass the buck” back and forth with the school, claiming they needed to demonstrate the “steps and intervention” they’d taken.
Jessica said it was like “banging your head against a wall and getting nowhere”, and that sending him to school was “heartbreaking”.
She added that in a class of 28 Stephen is not the priority, adding: “I would like him to have a statement and a place in a special school with specialist teachers. That’s been a dream for years.”
The mum added she was sharing her story as a last resort to get Stephen the help he needs.
Referring to Stephen’s case, a spokesman for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said: “The local authority works in close partnership with schools, children and families to ensure children’s needs are assessed in a timely manner and appropriate interventions are put in place to address these.
“We are committed to partnership working with families, and the local authority would welcome the opportunity to meet with the family to address and resolve any issues of concern.”
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