Sunday, 23 November 2014

Deal with it

Why do I feel like a failure?

I've been waiting a while to speak with Zachs teacher to find out how things are going with him and what is going to happen with him in the new academic year.

He should be moving up to the next class within the unit which I am very worried about as he has been having even more difficulties than usual.

The last review was cancelled as his teacher was ill - so I haven't had my usual proper conversation with them in a while. So I call them on the last day of term to have a chat. I'm told although he should move up a class, he is going to stay in his current class as not to disrupt him, as he has been very unsettled.

Then the phone went quit for a few second!!

I ask when we can get together to do a review of his statement, they then say yes we need to do that Asap when school resumes in September because we need to talk about other options for Zach!!!

Other options I'm confused, the maximum time in any resource base is 2 years and then the pupil should be fully integrated in the mainstream school. Zach is going into his 4th year in the unit, only does 45minutes of integration and struggles with just that.

I ask what the other options are and they say special school. As they say that a tear rolls down my face.

They go on to say, it could be a long process and there may not be a place in a special school immediately for him, so will stay in the resource base until then.

When I got of the phone I continued to tear up and feel like I had failed him. Why I don't know.

What I do know is that Zach will need even more support than he gets in the resource base and special school will be best for him. I think the initial reaction was the stigma attached to special schools.

So now I'm faced with which is the best special school best suited for Zach.

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