I would like to hear what different LAs do when receiving referrals for children in independent schools. We have always had low numbers (there are currently 3 in the south of Worcs) and we try and support where we can. We generally recycle any equipment issued. Where a child has an EHCP I believe we are obliged to go in to the school. We are just trying to tighten up our policy and I would be interested to hear if others charge etc. for visiting.
Hello Angela – our SENDAR Team (EHCA team) liaises with us to decide what needs to be written into Plans in terms of equipment and specialist advice; this is then funded through the Plan. Non specialist equipment e.g. ICT, schools would be expected to provide. At SEN Support independent schools can access our traded service; we are very clear, however, that in accordance with the Equality Act Code of Practice, schools must not pass these costs on to parents.
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