Over 1200 read about my boy being denied a school placement to meet his needs. So it is only right that the same people get to hear what happened today.
And here’s the details:
We had the letter arrive to say our placing request for a local special needs school had been declined on the legal grounds that the school would need to employ another teacher. To you and I that means the school is full.
We had also asked for the original decision to place him in a unit within a very busy mainstream to be reviewed. The review also came back as the original decision being upheld.
So here we were with the following options:
1. Take the council to tribunal through the summer. We were very very unlikely to win a tribunal if the school is full.
2. Consider a late deferral and hope to find a suitable school next year. there are only two special needs schools for our whole area. We would have had to go through the whole process next year again with no guarantee of getting it right again.
3. Home school.
4. Do something totally radical and ask strangers to help.
5. Send him to the school they wanted (Not a chance!)
I must be crazy but options 1-3 (let’s rule out option 5 straight away) did not appeal and as we had nothing to lose I wrote my usual weekly blog. And put it on my usual social media outlets. Except this time I begged people to share it. And ask others to share it. Get it out there. Make it public.
So I blogged. And you shared.
And I emailed the press. Then I called the council. And they got worried. So I sent them the blog too.
And a few hours later they called to say they wanted to talk. Great. I was delighted to listen. And an arrangement was formed. We could still not have a place in our local special needs school but we COULD have a place in the other school. In other words: WE WON!!!!!
So can I say THANK YOU!
Thank you for playing your part in changing a decision that would have been detrimental to the health and welfare of my son. Thank you for being part of our miracle. Thank you for reading, sharing, talking about it and praying. Thank you for caring enough about a little 4 year old boy you didn’t know.
Thank you for changing this boy’s future.
I blogged, you shared and together we won! Please feel free to celebrate with me. He has his first induction this Wednesday!!!