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Sparkle123

I am so angry with the Local Authority!

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Hi,

 

I am only a week away from the tribunal and the local authority still have not named their proposed school that they feel could meet my son's needs!

Despite the frequent request for changes form I've been filing, ordering them to name a school, they keep coming back with excuses! I have a bad feeling that they would request an adjournment!

 

Background: I am appealing parts; 2, 3 and 4 of my son's statement and I want an independent special school to be named in part 4.

 

What do I do??

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Mihaela   

Although not my area, I understand your anger. This is what I expect from LA's. In my experience they do they can to make life harder for us with one hand, while making it easier with the other. Whatever treatment we get, it seems to be dictated by chance depending upon the personalities involved. Perhaps someone with experience of SEN statements could help you.

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Livelife   

I'm afraid I have little that I can offer here unfortunately how about making an appointment with your local citizens advice centre they may be able to help, if not they may be able to put you in contact with somebody that would be able to give you the advice you need.

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I expect that at tribunal they will name the indie school you want. Otherwise they would have informed you of another school. How can they name some school you have never seen? Let us know how you get on and if they had any tricks up there sleeves.

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Sally44   

I think it works in your favour.

If the LA cannot name any school that means your school is the ONLY one that can meet your child's needs.

The SEND Panel are not stupid.

The LA has to go with your choice of school UNLESS they have an alternative that is cheaper and which can meet ALL your childs needs as detailed in your reports/correspondence.

I presume you have had detailed reports that specify the kind of school that you have named?

I presume this includes things that NO LA mainstream or special school can provide, such as class sizes of less than 8. Weekly SALT/OT delivered flexibly across the week etc. Specialist teaching. Suitable peer group etc.

Try not to worry.

Your evidence is supposed to convince the SEND Panel. Forget about the LA. They have to prepare their case to convince the SEND Panel. If they haven't done that within the bundle they have submitted, then they only have evidence on the day.

If they have not complied with Requests for Changes and Orders made by the SEND Judge, then you can ask that that late evidence is not allowed as the LA have not produced it on time.

Do you have any expert witnesses coming with you?

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Well 4 days away from the hearing and I still don't know what school the Local Authority are proposing.

Yes K2, I have an independent SALT, OT and ED PSYC reports. The SALT and the ED PSYC will also be attending as my witnesses.

I'm just worried that the hearing will be adjourned.

No doubt that the LA will submit in late evidence on the day.

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Livelife   

I'm afraid it's always the same when dealing with any officials they are neve open and provide you with information pertaining to the issue concerned.

They are secretive avoid answering anything you ask or respond in a way that makes no logical sense and makes the situation less clear than before they spoke.

It's no surprise that so many people distrust authorities and have no belief in them they do not inspire confidence it's about covering up the facts so you are not aware so they can implement what they want rather than what you need.

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Livelife   

I hope everything goes well for you and that in this case they do the right thing.

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Mihaela   

They are secretive avoid answering anything you ask or respond in a way that makes no logical sense and makes the situation less clear than before they spoke.
It's no surprise that so many people distrust authorities and have no belief in them they do not inspire confidence it's about covering up the facts so you are not aware so they can implement what they want rather than what you need.


So very true; I've had years of it. Their power lies in their secrecy - which protects them like a shield. Take that away and they have no power.
Let us know how you get on, Sparkle. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you :)

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Livelife   

If you have knowledge that equals power so it's a natural progression from there to keep information restricted, they don't like discussion or debate because somebody with intelligence can expose the lies and trickery they employ to control people.

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Mihaela   

They even lack the decency to be open about their lies and trickery. :D They publicly present themselves as caring, considerate and as having the best interests of the child (or client) at heart. This is nothing more than propaganda designed to win over the majority - who fortunately will never need to deal with them. As long as the majority fall for this ruse, the hypocrisy will continue.

All 'authorities' work in the same way. The corruption extends right up to the top - CEOs, MPs, ministers, judges, royals, etc. With very few exceptions they're all in it for themselves and will stop at nothing to cover-up the unpalatable fact that they're ruthlessly exploiting us all. They need us to maintain their power over us, while cunningly deceiving us that we need them; we don't. Hypocrisy would seem to be the key distinguishing trait of NT society - a society that is ethically bankrupt.

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