A PARENT in Oswestry believes Shropshire Council is not doing enough to give her son a proper secondary school education.
Tyler Jones moved to Oswestry from Northern Ireland in November 2020 with his mum Kerry and his siblings, and was given a primary school place and an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) because of his moderate learning difficulties.
However, according to Kerry, his EHCP stated that he was eligible for mainstream education which she successfully challenged with help from his primary school.
With schools on half-term and still no secondary place, she says Tyler is missing out on this education by being at home.
“Tyler has very moderate learning difficulties so his school were amazing and got him a EHCP within a couple of months, as he was in his last year of primary,” she said.
“His EHCP stated that he can go into a mainstream school and I had challenged this as he needed to be in a specialist setting.
“I went through mediation and had the primary school’s backing, won the argument, so the special education needs and disabilities team (SEND) were looking at specialist setting for him to start Year 7 in September 2021.
“Still to this day Tyler is still at home and he is missing out on the social side as well as his education, which is affecting him as he has gone backwards and back to staying in his bedroom.
“We only see him if he wants to come down and we usually only get one-word answers from him.
“As you can imagine it’s very frustrating knowing he has lost out on making new friends and he will need even more support because of missing out on weeks of school.
“I really can’t see why a placement has not been secured for my son.
“It’s really frustrating as if it was the other way round the local authority would fine me for him not being in school.”
Shropshire Council said they were working with the family.
Tanya Miles, Shropshire Council’s executive director of people, said: “Though we can’t comment on the details of this case, we have been working closely with the family and with local schools to find a satisfactory solution, and will continue to do so.”