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(UK) Essex Council can't provide a school place for student with severe ASD/ADHD

Feb 12, 2019, Halstead Gazette: 'School system is failing my autistic son' says mum from Sible Hedingham https://www.halsteadgazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/17424720.school-system-is-failing-my-autistic-son-says-mum-from-sible-hedingham/ A distressed mum says education bosses have failed her son after failing to find a school place for him when they moved to the county for a better life. Noah Smith, 11, was diagnosed with autism and ADHD after a “gruelling” seven years of appointments, reports, psychiatrists, therapy and school exclusions. Due to the severity of his conditions, Noah requires one-to-one help at school and needs a place which can cater for his complex needs. Mum Shelley Taylor, 39, moved with her son and daughter Yvie, nine, to Sible Hedingham from Gloucestershire in March 2018 to be closer to family for support following Noah’s diagnosis…. Since moving to Sible Hedingham last year, the council has been unable to find Noah a place in a suitable school. … “They are now revisiting sending him to a mainstream school regardless of the fact it is highlighted in reports that a mainstream school is unsuitable.” An Essex County Council spokesman said: “We are sorry for the delay in finding an appropriate school place for this pupil and acknowledge the family’s distress at this time. … “As the child was due to begin secondary school in September we also consulted with a mainstream high school and two special schools – again it was felt they couldn’t meet the pupil’s individual, specialist needs. …