The mum of an autistic child wants to know why she still hasn't been allocated a place in a school that is suitable for her needs after waiting 5 months. Mum Marie-Claire Norman, 41, said that daughter, Seren, is finding it especially hard now that her siblings have returned to school as her 11-year-old can't understand why they go off to school each morning and she has to stay at home. Prior to May this year, Seren, who lives in the county, was attending Westgate Special School in the city, but the school became unable to cope with her needs and placed her in a 'pod' - a room on her own with a Teaching Assistant and dinner supervisor - for 11 weeks. Then in May, Seren's parents had an emergency Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) meeting, inviting the Local Authority, Educational Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and a representative from her current school, Westgate. Marie-Claire said "Representatives at the meeting agreed that Westgate was no longer … [Read more...] about ‘My daughter has been denied access to school since May’
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RESEARCH from Pets at Home shows dogs and cats get the blues as children return to school after six weeks at home. Experts from the charity say it is not just youngsters who ‘get the blues’ at the beginning of the new school year. The poll shows four in ten children have more fun with their pets than they do with their friends or siblings over the summer holidays and 63 per cent say they spent more than an hour-a-day interacting with their furry four-legged companions. The children returning to school leads to separation anxiety, particularly in dogs. Dr Maeve Moorcroft, head of pets at Pets at home said: “After being surrounded by family for a few weeks, pets get used to the fun and attention families bring them, but a sudden empty home can affect them. “Even well-behaved pets start exhibiting strange or unruly behaviour when this happens, but there are actions you can take to minimise this, especially with dogs and puppies.” And the retailer has … [Read more...] about Research shows pets ‘get the blues’ when children go back to school – here are some tips to help them and you
BRITISH kids are set to go back to school after over a month off - but when do they have to return? Here we reveal when schoolchildren return and what the term dates are for the 2018/19 academic year. When does the summer holiday end? School holiday dates in the UK can vary between the different local education authorities but most English schools will return on September 3. Most schools in Wales will return on the same day. They enjoy six weeks off school before returning in early September. In Scotland, the holidays start on July 1 and return on August 13. What are the school holiday and half term dates for the 2018/2019 academic year? Again, school holiday and term time dates can vary depending on which part of the country you live in. The dates below are just a rough guide, but check your local council website for the exact dates. Autumn term: Monday, September 3, 2018 - Friday, October 19, 2018 Autumn half term: Monday, October 22, 2018 - Friday, October 26, 2018. Autumn … [Read more...] about When do kids go back to school, how long are the summer holidays and what are the key 2018/2019 dates?
The number of children who are taught at home in Derbyshire has almost doubled in three years – but the actual figure is unknown, with many kids not registered at all. Elective home schooling is on the rise, with the number of children being taught from home increasing from 495 in July 2015 to 808 as of July this year.However, Derbyshire County Council says that this is “likely to be higher” because there is no legal requirement for parents or carers to notify the authority if they have chosen not to register their child or children with a school.On top of this, there will be children not known to the council who are being educated at home in Derbyshire – for instance if a family moves into the county and were already home-schooling their child or children.There is currently a new piece of legislation moving through Parliament which would make it a requirement that parents inform their local authority if they are choosing to home-school their child.The Home … [Read more...] about Surge in Derbyshire home schooling as number of county kids not going to school almost doubles
It is among a harrowing litany of suffering and loss experienced by homeless children, the numbers of whom have grown to almost to 4,000 A new report from the Children's Rights Alliance examines the impact of homelessness and living in emergency accommodation on children, with a particular focus on how it was affecting their education. Its findings highlight how, in many cases, basic needs, such as adequate food and rest, are not being met, and without that, children could not meaningfully engage and participate in education and learning. The study, the first of its kind, is based on research among teachers, school principals and homeless parents in the greater Dublin area, and was conducted by Grainne McKenna and Dr Geraldine Scanlon, of Dublin City University's Institute of Education. It paints a distressing picture of children going to school hungry and in dirty clothes because of the limitations of their accommodation, sometimes having to rise at 5.30am to make a long journey … [Read more...] about Parents of homeless children are forced to choose between food and paying for bus back to school