My child has SEND. We’re moving back to UK…Help!
Moving back to the UK from your overseas posting can leave you with mixed emotions. However, when you have children with SEND this can leave you with additional worries and anxieties. Below are some common questions asked by parents who have children with SEND moving back. To help ease your concerns, we have asked DCYP Assistant Head SEND Services, Anna Vrahimi to answer your questions.
- Will my child’s SEND support and provision be replicated when we move back to the UK?
There are four nations in the UK and over 400 local authorities in England alone. Each area will have different resources available to them. It may not be possible to have the exact replication of support and provision when you are between any school in the UK and the same is true when children move back from overseas. Even though support may not look the same, it may be very similar but delivered in a different way. Each school and local authority in England will have their SEND Offer available on their websites. Take some time to look at these to get an understanding of what is available to meet your child’s specific needs.
- My child has a SCAN (Service Children’s Assessment of Need) in their MOD School. Does that mean they will automatically get an EHCP? Will they receive 1:1 support?
At DCYP we have been working very closely with local authorities and agreeing processes and procedures for children moving back with a SCAN. Let your child’s SENDCO know which local authority you are moving to and they will contact the SEND Team there. An EHCP only exists in England. In Wales, Scotland and Ireland they will have a different name. The SCAN is only available in MOD Schools and does not guarantee that this will be transferred directly into an ECHP and does not mean they will receive 1:1 support. It does however give comprehensive information about your child, what they need to be successful in school and will have all the professional assessments.
- My child is used to small class sizes. How will they cope in larger class sizes with less adults?
Having larger class sizes should not be seen as a disadvantage. There are many advantages including opportunities for more group work where children can learn to problem solve together, more activity options and it encourages independence in learning. Research also shows that classrooms who have additional adults do not outperform those classrooms with no additional adult support. There are also children who simply cope better by not constantly being in the spotlight and work better when being part of a larger group. Larger class sizes also benefits children’s social interactions, where children have more experiences to interact with a wider range of individuals, which then better prepares them for adult life. Some children could become over-reliant on the additional adults in the classroom and it’s important we teach our children to be independent and problem solvers. In MOD Schools, there are still classrooms with up to 30 children. They are not all small as is a common belief.
- How do I find a school that will support my child’s SEND needs?
It is your responsibility as a parent to find a school for your child. Find out which schools will be in the catchment area of your house address. This information will be available on the local authority websites. My advice to parents is to look at the SEND Offer on the school websites. Phone the SENDCO of the school and have a chat. If you have the opportunity to go and visit the schools, this is also a good idea. Talk about your child’s needs and ask them how their school can support your child. As a parent, you will know your child best and you will know which school best suits your child.
For more information please contact Children’s Education Advisory Service: [email protected] or call 01980 618244 or 94344 8244
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