‘The Primary school cycle’

(This is written from memory from a time-limited thread on a popular social media parenting site. It was put together in 2015 by a group of parents of primary aged children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.)

o   Each year, we find out the new teacher so close to the end of the Summer term there is no time to contact them to tell them about what our child will need to be able to start positively.

o   September comes, and the teacher won’t meet with us because they want to ‘see for themselves and give the child time to settle in’ We wait willing our child to not fall apart until half term but see them struggling.

o   We wait a week after half term to allow settling in again then we contact the teacher. They agree to see us in the next couple of weeks. When we get the meeting, we are told that the issues our child is experiencing is because of the excitement in the run up to Christmas and the changes of routine.

o   We wait until January and by then are really frustrated. We give it a week to avoid being told they are settling back. We are so wound up by then that the teacher agrees to observe and speak to the SENDCO.

o   The SENDCO meets with us and agrees additional support which will start after half term. By then, half the school year has gone.

o   After half term our child gets support but we don’t know what that is. It is called ‘nurture group’ or ‘a few hours of TA support’

o   After Easter, the support is patchy as all additional adults are involved in last minute SATS coaching.

o   By Summer half term we all give up hope and look to the next teacher with hope that things will be better.

o   <Repeat>



6 thoughts on “‘The Primary school cycle’

  1. Appalling. Once the SENDCO has agreed support is needed, it is their job to ensure that support transitions across all years and to the next school if need be (by that point one would hope the child has an EHCP in place). A school acting like this is quite simply failing its pupils, disastrously, and the SENDCO should be sacked. I would advise any parents in this situation to have words with their LEA (and request a statutory assessment for their child) and with the officers at the next Ofsted inspection.

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  2. I hear this story from so many. It’s difficult enough for our children to cope with the change which a new teacher or assistant can bring, so why not give them a fighting chance and listen to what has or hasn’t been working and what has been tried before – and parents are usually best placed to pass that info on!

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