Home Educating and SEN/additional support needs.
There are a growing number of families choosing to Home Educate because their child’s needs are not being met in school.
Some families feel like they have no choice, that it’s a last resort, others realise early on that their child will not thrive in a school environment.
Whatever the reason, you are likely to find that Home Education allows you to support your child and quite often their needs change and you learn new ways to support them.
Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
You can claim DLA/PIP for many children with special needs, also Carer’s Allowance for yourself.
This gives you a little extra to help with the cost of living and Home Educating.
It also relieves the pressure to find work, as you are not expected to look for work and care for your child.
There are many support organisations available to help with filling in forms.
There are so many different extra needs that we won’t go in to details here, but please do read some of the blogs that fellow Home Educators write: follow how they have over come hurdles, schools and their SEN team.
Please do check out our SEN real-life section.
- If you haven’t deregistered yet you need to be aware that if your child is in a special school you will need to write to the LA to ask that they remove your child’s name from the school role. Unless in Scotland, in which case you follow the usual withdrawal process. Read more…
- Whilst LAs cannot refuse without a good reason, some LAs are reluctant and attempt to say no. If you need support through this please do contact us.
- If your child is in mainstream school with a statement/EHCP you have to send a deregistration letter into school, no notice or permission is needed, and you do not need to send your child back. DETAILS HERE
- The LA may bring the annual statement/EHCP review forwards.
- Dependent on the LA, some services may be withdrawn, such as Occupational Therapy. You can discuss this with the service and ask for your GP, or other medical professional, to refer you to the service through health services rather than education. If you have any questions on this please do contact us. This may change as statements are swapped to EHCP.
- Part 4 of the statement and the EHCP can be changed to say ‘Educated at home’ or similar.
- You are not obliged to follow what is set out in the statement.
- You can ask for the statement to be ceased if you wish. Though we would suggest you keep it, as it’s easier to maintain one than to ask for another at a later stage.
- A statement/EHCP- can be useful when your child is wishing to access exams or further education colleges, or for re-entering school.
- Statements are being phased out and replaced with EHCPs