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(UK) London: Parents despair over denial to homeschool; lack of school place

July 27, 2022, Mirror: 'I'm at my wits' end because council won't let me home school autistic son' https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/im-wits-end-because-council-27587432
Alexandra and Giani Fodor want to pull their 11-year-old son David, who has autism, out of mainstream school and teach him at home, however they claim Harrow Council has refused permission
A mum is at her wits' end after the local council "refused" to let her home school her autistic son.

Alexandra and Giani Fodor, from Harrow, London, said their 11-year-old son David regularly suffers panic attacks at his current school.

David is due to start at secondary education in September but Harrow Council has yet to find him a place at a suitable school.

He recently had an epileptic fit, accompanied by a number of seizures, MyLondon reports… "His current school is even saying that they can't meet his needs."

David is currently a pupil at Whitefriars School, just a five minute walk from their home, but the problem with it being a mainstream school is that staff are unable to cope with his special educational needs.

The school wrote to them to tell him that David would no longer benefit from continuing his learning journey with them….

He added that 'a special school is the appropriate placement for David'.

Initially, Alexandra and Giani found a new school nearby which is specifically designed for children with autism.

They claim they were told that there was a 99 per cent chance of him being enrolled.

In the past few weeks, the family was told that David no longer had a place at that school - sending them back to square one….

People with autism often face huge struggles in the classroom, far more than their counterparts.

Alexandra says that the biggest challenge David currently faces is getting timely intervention that will allow him to 'reach his full potential'.

The family say they are now in contact with a lawyer who is willing to take up David's case, in a bid to help appeal against the decision.

They insist they will continue to fight to get him a place in a school appropriate for him. The lawyers fees together with all the assessments needed to prove that David must attend one of these schools tallies up to £20,000 [$24K].

Alexandra Fodor pictured with her son David, who has autism