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My child has special educational needs, but no statement. How does his funding work?

PLACE-registered youngsters are electively home educated and electively home-educated youngsters are not entitled to statement or SEN funding. By arrangement, however, youngsters may have access to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at BISSC through the PLACE Programme Manager. It has become accustomed practice for the SENCo to assess PLACE SEN students of GCSE age for AAEs (access arrangements for examinations). This may result in provision of a scribe, extra time or of a laptop for examinations, depending on the outcomes of assessments. Also, if there is any resource that parents of SEN youngsters think would be particularly useful for their children because of their special needs, it is worth asking the Programme Manager about these: it may be possible to purchase some specialist resources, or the school may be able to loan these.

My child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs. How would her funding work?

PLACE-registered youngsters are electively home educated and electively home-educated youngsters are not entitled to statement or SEN funding. However, it has sometimes been possible for a PLACE-registered SEN child with a statement (and occasionally for non-statemented students with significant SEN) to access SPLD teaching, specialist resources and other agreed measures of support in collaboration with the School SENCo and the Assessment & Monitoring officer from a youngster’s home Local Authority.

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