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(UK) Disabled student left out of school for almost a year

Oct 16, 2019, Bucks Herald (Buckinghamshire): Out of school for 21 months, "BCC special educational needs department are failing my son" …Ryley has been home educated since February 2018 because his parents feel that 'they have no other option' after repeated failures from the council. The family believe he should be placed in a special educational needs school. However back in 2018 the family were told the only way for them to achieve this was to go through social services and to tell them they cannot cope with him being home schooled. Social Services have been involved and have contacted the education department many times suggesting he needs to be in a school. The view was echoed by Ryley's paediatrician who has also written to them 'multiple times'. Wind on to May 2019, his mother Kye Stribling made an official request to have his son placed at a local school. He has an up to date Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), which means there should not be a lengthy wait for a school placement. Kye was then told to visit several local SEND schools. However, when trying to arrange a viewing at several schools, the schools told the family they needed to be referred by the Bucks SEND team. This was a further delay, all the while Kye's child was not getting the schooling he deserves. Finally the SEND team contacted the said schools to confirm that the family could view them. After some deliberation, the family settled on Chiltern Way Academy whose school was 'perfect' for Ryley, Kye said: "Weeks went by with no contact from BCC, although I kept emailing and calling most days…. Finally, in September the BCC SEND worker got back to the family. But only to tell the family there was no room at Chiltern Way Academy. They were instead offered a place at Stoney Dean School, a school that is completely unsuited to Ryley's ECHP plan and that could not provide for his needs…. The family were told it would be a matter of days before Ryley was enrolled on this new programme. Kye said: "We were so relieved to finally feel like we would be getting our son an education. "The time off school and loneliness had turned into depression for my son. "He was self harming and lashing out. We need a school, some sort of outlet asap." However this optimism was short lived. After ANOTHER two weeks of phone calls, the family were left devastated after they were told the placement was no longer a suitable option, with no explanation…. Kye added: "The fury I feel is unimaginable. "I emailed back straight away demanding an explanation, only to be met with an automated email saying the person responsible was on leave….


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