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Other Arrangements

Other Requests for Special School and Resourced Provision Centre Placements

The LA will also consider a request for a special school or resourced provision centre placement from the:

  • Chair of the Joint Commissioning and Solutions Panel (JCSP), in the case of children looked after; and
  • First-tier Tribunal(SEN AND Disability) and the Courts (normally a direction or an order).

Admission of Children without Statements

Admission to special schools and resourced provision centres (ASD) will normally be reserved for children with statements but children without a statement may be admitted in certain exceptional circumstances, as described below. Up-to-date advice from a Local Authority appointed educational psychologist and the child’s current school will normally be required before any decision is made. Consent will only be given by the Local Authority if all relevant professionals, and the child’s parents, are in agreement.

The reasons why a child without a statement may be admitted to a special school or resourced provision centre by the Local Authority are:

  • the child’s medical circumstances have changed suddenly, causing a rapid and serious deterioration in the child’s health or development;
  • the parents, school, relevant professionals and the Local Authority agree that a sudden and serious deterioration in the child’s behaviour make the child’s current placement untenable or unsafe;
  • a child arrives unexpectedly on the Isle of Wight and exhibits learning or physical difficulties of a kind which would normally warrant a statement and admission to a special school or resourced provision centre (ASD); and
  • a young person returning home from a secure unit or young offender institution may be placed in a special school for assessment; though the Local Authority would normally expect a statement to be made, if appropriate, and a special school placement named, before the young person is released.

A child who is admitted to a special school or resourced provision centre (ASD) without a statement will be subject to an immediate statutory assessment. It is likely, though not certain, that the assessment will conclude that a statement should be made. If the child has been placed and will remain in a special school or resourced provision centre (ASD) a statement will always be made.

Where the statutory assessment concludes that a statement will not be made the child will be taken off the roll of the special school or resourced provision centre within 10 school days after the Local Authority has notified parents that it does not intend to make a statement. In such circumstances, parents will be expected to seek a mainstream placement or make other appropriate arrangements for the education of their child.

Children with Statements Naming Another School

A pupil may be admitted to a special school or resourced provision centre not named in Part 4 of the statement if:

  • s/he transfers from the roll of a school on the Isle of Wight Council following an annual review or reassessment, where professionals, parents and the Local Authority are in agreement that this should happen;
  • s/he arrives from another Local Authority and requires special provision commensurate with that provided by her/his previous authority;
  • s/he transfers from a non-maintained special school following agreement between parents and the Local Authority; 4 or
  • the Local Authority receives a direction or an order to this effect from the First- tier Tribunal (SEN AND Disability) or the Courts.

For (a), (b) and (c), placement may only occur after all necessary consultations have been completed and an admission date agreed with the receiving special school or resourced provision centre. In all instances where the Local Authority proposes to change the name of the school in Part 4 of the statement, parents will be informed in writing together with details of their right to make representations within 15 days and to arrange meetings with a Local Authority officer.

For (d) the Local Authority will make all necessary arrangements, including amending the existing statement within 25 working days of the order from the First- tier Tribunal (SEN AND Disability). 5

Dual Placements (Registrations) – Mainstream and Special Schools

For a few children the best means of meeting their special educational needs is for them to attend a special school for some but not all their time in school. Dual

placements, particularly between mainstream and special schools are sometimes viewed as a means of promoting the ‘inclusion’ of children with statements.

It is the policy of the Local Authority that before any such arrangement is made the name of both schools must be written into the child’s statement, clarifying which school the child will spend the majority of his/her time attending. In such circumstances, the child will be registered at both schools (‘dual registered’).

Consideration for dual placements will normally occur following:

  • the issuing of a proposed statement where parents have expressed a preference for such an arrangement;
  • an annual review of the statement where professionals and parents are in agreement with such an arrangement;
  • a reassessment indicating such an arrangement would be advantageous for the child; and
  • the arrival of a newcomer where such an arrangement existed in his/her previous Local Authority.

Dual placements of children with statements naming only one school must not be organised between schools without the agreement of the Local Authority. It should be noted that in addition to the wording of the statement, each dual placement has significant financial implications for both schools and the Local Authority.

To avoid double counting, children who are dually registered should be shown on only one return. Where dually registered children are on the roll of a mainstream school and a special school, general hospital school or PRU, they should only be included in the return of the mainstream school. Where dually registered children are on the roll of a special school and a PRU, they should only be included in the return of the special school.

Children Admitted to Special Schools in Hospitals

Children may be admitted to a special school established within a hospital where there is a need for treatment.

notes

 

4 This may include an independent school approved for children with special educational needs similar to the designation of the special school or resourced provision centre.

 

5 Where the amendment only involves changing the name of the school in line with parents’ wishes, a new final statement will be issued within 10 working days.