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#1 bluewater

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 09:57 AM

Ds1 is on a trial day at a new school. He has had such a long period of school refusal, it hardly seems real. We visited and something must be right because up and ready to go for a very early start. It's hard to let myself be too hopeful as so often things have gone wrong before.



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 11:00 AM

It sounds promising, from my experience our children often want a new start to work.
I am just waiting for the dates for an assessment at a new placement (4th specialist placement) and I am desparate for this one to work as it is his last chance at getting some form of education, the new placement is totally vocational and not a classroom in sight so a very different approach.

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 09:08 PM

Fingers crossed that it works out  keep us informed x



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Posted 25 February 2016 - 08:20 AM

Hope it goes well for the both of you.

 

My son is going to a fantastic independent school. I absolutely know it is perfect for him but he is not settling in very well which is worrying. I hate to see  him unhappy but the alternative would be much worse.

 

Let us know how you get on x



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Posted 25 February 2016 - 06:44 PM

Fingers crossed for you.  We are preparing for an assessment at a new school here too.  DS1 really wants to access education, but whether he will be able to or not I don't know.



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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:31 PM

It seems all went well (according to the school). ds1 went on to grandparents after who live nearer and we shall have him back tomorrow. He hasn't said anything, but he also hasn't said he isn't going back, which I take to be quite positive. He has a trial 3 day stay next week, so we are all really hoping...



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Posted 27 February 2016 - 07:40 AM

Really glad to hear it went well.



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Posted 29 February 2016 - 02:09 PM

Not so good today, ds was supposed to leave for his trial three day stay, but completely refused to do so - so frustrating! Lots of reasons, but nothing I believe other than he doesn't want to go away from home.



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Posted 29 February 2016 - 09:16 PM

It is hard.  We used DS2 to get DS1 into school for his first assessment 6 years ago.  Not sure how this next one will go.

 

Has he been to the school before, and have you discussed how often he will come home and how he will keep in touch?  If you want him to be able to ask someone what it is like, and whether it is worth trying let me know.  Even after  a placement breakdown DS1 is willing to try again (whether he is able to manage it is another matter) and DS2 recognises that it was the right thing for him. Slightly easier for him as he was following his brother.



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Posted 11 March 2016 - 07:34 PM

Ds1 has been at school for a week. It's a huge relief. Unfortunately, the transition was a roller coaster. After refusing to a trial stay, he agreed to go the following day, but then changed his mind when in the car, nearly causing a serious road incident. He was placed there (thank goodness) after a hearing review, and so far so good...






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