Along with two educational social workers, two representatives from the behaviour support team and a member of the youth offending team, I, an assistant headteacher, have just attended yet another meeting to discuss the alternative provisions offered to a school-refusing Year 11 boy with a criminal record and court order.
He has failed to keep several previous appointments, refused the help of the pupil support unit and turned down the opportunity to join a Year 11 project. He did arrive (late) for this meeting. But neither of his parents attended.
On the same day I was told that the needs of an illiterate Year 10 boy were considered not sufficiently complex to warrant the local authority issuing a statement that might go some way towards raising his self-esteem and giving him the support he needs.
I know where I would prefer my taxes to go.
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