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Unformatted text preview: Your guide to Choosing the right school for your child About this guide This guide has been written for the parents and carers of children with a learning disability to help explain the options that are available when choosing a school for your child. This includes finding out about the schools available in your local area and advice about visiting schools. Throughout the guide you will find links to other useful organisations and websites, as well as advice from parents who have already been through this process. This guide contains lots of information on action you can take. You can also find a short explanation of important words and phrases in the key words section, and look for the sign for things you can do. Contents Choosing the right school for your child 4 What kinds of school are available for my child? 5 Tips for choosing the right school for your child 7 Arranging a visit to a school 10 Tips on preparing for a visit 11 School Action 13 Statutory assessments and statements 14 Moving from primary to secondary school 15 The main things you need to know 16 What do I do when Ive decided on a school? 17 What if I havent been offered the school I want for my child? 17 What do I do if Im not happy with my childs school? 18 Where can I get help to appeal? 20 Key words 21 Contacts 22 Choosing the right school for your child Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision for any parent. You will be looking for a school that will give them the best possible education, as well as the chance to make friends and get involved in new activities. If your child has a learning disability, making the right decision becomes even more important, to make sure their individual special needs are met. This might mean making sure their teachers are able to provide them with the right support, or checking the school has all the facilities your child will need. 4 | Choosing the right school for your child We are proud of our sons achievements and continue to be amazed at his development and involvement in school. What kinds of school are available for my child? Getting the right education for your child is an important step in helping them to make the most of their abilities and get the most from life. Choosing the right school may seem like a challenge at times, but making sure you know what you are looking for, and what is available, are two of the most important ways of deciding what you want for your child. Most children with special educational needs will go to their local primary or secondary school, sometimes called a mainstream school. However, a child with a more severe learning disability may need to attend a special school for some or all of their school life. A special school is only for pupils with special educational needs, and many children going to a special school will spend some of their time at a linked mainstream school....
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2010 for the course CMSY 103 taught by Professor N/a during the Fall '06 term at Howard County Community College.

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