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We have received the draft education, health and care plan and all the professional advice.

We have been told that we can express a preference for a school but believe our son needs intensive special help of the kind which can only be provided in a specialist independent school for autistic pupils. But we’ve been told that we can’t express a preference for an independent school and the LA intend to name one of their own special schools. What can we do?

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We’ve received the draft education, health and care plan and have found a maintained special school we really like for our son.

At our meeting with the local authority, we expressed a preference for this school, but we were told we’d be wasting our time as it is in a neighbouring local authority who has said that the school is full.

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I’ve visited the local secondary school, which is the school we want our son to attend. Our son has Down’s Syndrome, and the head made it clear that he does not want him.

He says that the school cannot meet our son’s needs. At our meeting with the local authority officer to discuss the draft education health and care plan, she said it would not be in our son’s best interests to force the school to take him and perhaps a special school would be better, but we do believe that he thrives best in a mainstream setting. And, just as important as his formal education, we want him to grow up in, and as part of, his local community.

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