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(UK) Leicester mom forced to homeschool special needs sons; same for 550 local kids

Feb 8, 2019, Leicester Mercury: 'Devastated' mum explains why she is educating her 3 children at home https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/devastated-mum-explains-educating-3-2506541 A mum has described how one of her three sons tried to jump out of a moving car on the way to school because he was so desperate not to go…. All three of Louise Engels's children have been diagnosed with special educational needs and medical conditions which mean they should have extra support in class. But all three are now educated at home after, Louise claimed, the schools involved in her boys’ educations failed them…. She said her sons did not need to go to special schools but instead needed the mainstream school they attended to make "small adjustments". The adjustments Louise claimed were required are detailed below. Louise said that if her children were placed in special schools, "collectively the arrangements could easily have cost the council upwards of £1 million."[$1.3M US dollars] … The mum, who runs campaign group Not Fine In School, and her family featured on Monday's Channel 4 Dispatches documentary Skipping School: Britain’s Invisible Kids…. Her eldest son, Benjamin, 18 Louise's eldest son, Benjamin, 18, has ADHD and dyslexia. He also has hypermobility and postural tachycardia. He attended Oadby's Beauchamp College, but, his mum alleged, was taken off the roll when he got to sixth form. Louise said Benjamin struggled when his needs were not met by the school. … “He wouldn’t get the results they wanted because of his ADHD and dyslexia so he ended up leaving school." … Louise's middle son, Lieven, 14 Lieven is currently on roll at a school but because of his medical needs he is being tutored at home. He has ADHD, dyslexia and sleep problems which Louise believes is linked to his ADHD. However, the family are in the process of trying to find exactly what causes Lieven’s sleeping problems, which can sometimes cause him to be awake most of the night. … "The school very quickly told me that they felt they couldn’t provide for him, and starting suggesting schools where they thought he would do well." She said she thought the school was "being nice" at the time, but said she thought it was essentially taking her son off of its roll. She said she believed it was a way of getting children who would not achieve the grades wanted by a school off its registers. … The youngest child, Leo, nine “One one occasion, Leo ran out of school and into the middle of the road shouting he wanted to kill himself," said Louise. "He was so desperate to escape school that he came chasing after me, but I wasn’t there…. Louise said that after being bullied and moving between primary schools, Leo, nine, was diagnosed with school trauma. He has not been at school full time for almost a year. School trauma is similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. … In Leicestershire 552 children are registered as home educated, the council has 0.8 full time equivalent staff dealing with them - equal to less than one member of staff for over 550 children. …