Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Five = Seventeen

Does it?
We, the parents, asked for full hours {25}.
School said we wouldn't get it and suggested twenty-one.
The Panel sat.
The Panel reviewed.
The Panel asked questions.
The Panel finally made a decision at the end of April.
The Panel's clerk finally told us in writing last week.
Three months of waiting and wondering.
An increase of around £5,000 in funding.
Which equates approximately to seventeen hours.
Now, don't get me wrong, we'll take the seventeen hours.
It's better than the ten we had.
And yet.  And yet.
I'm irritated that anonymous individuals get to decide how much funding The Boy Child has for one-to-one assistance at school.  They have never met him.  They don't know where his strengths and weaknesses lie. They select an arbitrary number and move on.
That there is a shortfall doesn't seem to be important.  How the funding is spent is not really their concern. The Boy Child's Headmaster, SENCO and Bursar are already thrashing out ideas on how best to get as much bang for our buck as we can possibly can.
Do we skip one-to-one in French and Science in order to concentrate on Maths and English?
I know that there is a limited amount of funding available.
I know that there are a lot of children in our borough in need of support.
But our concern and focus is The Boy Child and how he is best served.
And the worst thing?
We have to go through this all over again in a year's time.

4 comments:

Amy said...

Every 12 months?! Wow, that's hard core for you all ... we have it every 24 months and that is bad enough!
Yes, the faceless people who get to decide, it is very hard and an issue I deal with every day being one of the people who is trying implement programs on limited time.

Kirsty.A said...

It's tough. The worst part, from my point of view is having to make him out to be as bad (and therefore needy) as possible when every nerve in my Mummy's body wants to say "but he can do this, and this and he's really doing well"

Abi said...

Oh Ruth, I am thinking of you all. It seems such a ridiculous system when the school and you know the best support he needs. I think it's testament to you and the head teacher and SENCO that you are all trying to get the most out of the provision you have got. How wonderful that the school are so on board with his needs and are prepared to work out the best system for him.

Sian said...

I can only echo what the others have said. Every year sounds very tough..

My Mum goes through an assessment process which then randomly decides how much care she needs. And random is the word