When Biggey was having all this trouble with the old school and had been out of school for several weeks we applied for a place in the new school. Now, because she has a Statement of needs we had to ask for local authority approval to move her. The new school said they were happy to begin getting her meeting people whilst we were still waiting for formal approval. The school had also said they applied for more hours on her Statement to support her. So I then went home and sent an email asking for more hours and increase to the maximum support of 27.5 hours and gave a variety of reasons, taking information for the previous school’s report and other areas. I hit the button and thought ‘what the hell – if you don’t ask …’
Her introduction to the new school is documented in my post So Far, So Good
Weeks later, I hadn’t received formal confirmation so chased the LA for an update and was delighted to get an email that said they had awarded the extra hours. I was even more delighted when I got an email from the school to say Thank You for my contribution to the request. Apparently school had originally been told that the hours would stay the same, then the LA got my request and said they would give it some further consideration!
So Parent Power is effective. Challenge does get results. Certainly in my area. Always worth asking.