Many children with Special Education Needs (SEN) flourish and thrive in mainstream schooling. However, not all mainstream settings are able to adequately meet pupils’ additional needs, and sometimes parents are curious to explore other options.
Jack: A Case Study of a child with Special Educational Needs
We will begin this article with a story about a previous student of The SEN Experts. We first met Jack* when he was 12 years old. He was in a mainstream secondary school. Jack had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Delay and was supported by an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). As often happens, his Local Authority had placed him in a mainstream school (to avoid a costly special school placement). This school could not meet his needs and as he quickly approached young adulthood, the school’s response was to have him taught alone, 1:1 by a teaching assistant. The only subjects he covered were Maths and English – to allow him to have these grades to get into college and help the school’s ranking on the league tables.
The SEN Expert worked with school, parents and Jack to reimagine his school experience. Clearly, forcing him to only do two subjects which he could not access cognitively was not going to prepare him for adulthood. So, we turned to nature!
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