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New term – same old problems!

New term – same old problems!  Some of the optimism has already worn off.  Peter came home yesterday with standard-sized Maths and Science worksheets.  The Language Dept has been producing enlarged worksheets and vocabulary books for the past three years …. why can’t the Science and Maths Depts get on board with this?  Simple answer – there is no reason: a differentiated curriculum doesn’t just mean speaking slowly!! Grrrr!  It means providing appropriate materials in an appropriate setting.

So what can be done about this?  On Monday morning Peter’s teachers will get an email from us asking for a meeting in which we will go through his needs regarding visual processing (needs bigger work sheets), and recording work (needs bigger answer boxes in the work sheets).

How will we get on with this?  Watch this space for the next exciting instalment – da da daahhhh!

I do feel like qualifying all of this by saying that we are still very happy with Peter’s current placement.  Indeed, he came home from school very happy, and lots of things had clearly been done right.  However,  if you don’t keep on top of the small things, unworkable situations quickly develop. You are allowed to feel grateful for the things the school does get right but you are absolutely entitled to tell them when they don’t. If you do not , nobody else will do it for your child.

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I said I would follow up this post with what happened next: it’s all good news, Peter is now happily doing his homework on enlarged sheets, and his new TAs are mostly doing a good job of ensuring he has appropriately sized print outs of worksheets across a range of subjects. As with many things to do with SEN, successful implementation of provision often comes down to good communication between school and home. This usually involves us spotting something is not happening, then talking to school about it. We can’t just assume that because something is in a statement or IEP, it will necessarily be happening…. simply because there is a lot to manage, schools are under resourced and under staffed, and it is easy to let some things slip.

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