Mum’s anguish as son with ADHD out of mainstream school for 20 weeks
A mum-of-two has spoken of her anguish as her seven-year-old has been out of mainstream school for 20 weeks.
Naomi Shelton, 33, said young Kade Moneypenny was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in May 2018.
The mum from Calverton, Nottinghamshire, told how "he has always been the class clown and so alarm bells started ringing but after his diagnosis he started getting excluded from school left right and centre."
After Kade went back to Manor Park Primary School in September, Miss Shelton said he had a "melt down" which resulted in a teacher getting kicked in the head.
Kade was then permanently excluded, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
His mum says the situation has caused her stress and she has been off work sick.
After Kade was reportedly told he could no longer attend the school, Miss Shelton had to take 12 weeks off work to home school him.
The healthcare assistant argues her son needs a specialist school and more than two hours a day of education.
She said: "It has had a huge impact on our family. This happened in September and he was out of school for weeks before the local authority then said he could have two hours tuition a day.
"His schooling is now two hours at different times each day at a secondary school.
"Firstly this is not suitable for his needs but secondly, how am I supposed to bring back normality to my family when I can’t work regular hours.
"The stress this has caused has been horrible. I am having to rely on family members to help out and my work is suffering, not to mention Kade is suffering.
"Kade has now been out of school for half of the school year.
"He has no friends, he is not getting a proper education and it could be months before the council are able to find him a long-term alternative.
"The system is broken and my child’s education is suffering. He needs a specialist school or more than two hours a day in education."
Kade is currently taught by two members of staff from 10am-12midday on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 12midday-2pm on Thursday and Friday from 12.30pm-2.30pm.
Nottinghamshire County Council has been putting together an EHC plan, a special plan that will outline his future specialist education needs.
The plan was started in December and can take up to 20 weeks to be completed.
Miss Shelton added: "I feel like a tug of war rope. I have to be in so many places at once and I am struggling.
"His current set-up is just not suitable, he can’t learn on just two hours a day and being at a secondary school is totally innapropriate. I have just been left worrying about it for so long now."
Laurence Jones, service director for commissioning and resources at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “While we would not comment on individual cases in any detail, I can confirm that we are currently considering an EHC Plan for this child.
“This is a 20 week statutory process and is in line with the SEND Code of Practice so that we can collate information from education, health and social care professionals, which forms the basis of the plan and provision.
“The county council keeps a very close eye on cases where children have part-time timetables and we insist that these are as time- limited as possible and there must be a clear plan for a return to full time learning.”
Mirror Online has contacted Manor Park Primary School for comment.
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