This section talks about special schools.Some children may not be able to return to their mainstream school after an acquired brain injury. This will usually be because they require a higher level of support than a mainstream school is able to provide. In these situations, other types of school my need to be considered.
If your child has an EHC plan, you can make a request for a non-maintained special school, or for an independent school or independent specialist college.1 2 and teachers who have specialist knowledge about teaching children with special educational needs. Therapy may be part of the school day and children will have a curriculum (or programme of study) that has been thought out with their needs in mind. Choosing any school is a big choice for a family. It may take some time to consider all the options. Some special schools, for instance, might only take children with particular types of special educational needs.1 Even though children with an acquired brain injury may be in a class with children who have always had special educational needs3, 4, they may still have difficulties that are similar to those experienced by other children in the class. For example, a child with an acquired brain injury may have a high level of physical disability, and this would be one of the most important things to consider in looking for a suitable school. In this case, parents might look for a school that had appropriate access, such as ramps, lifts, and wide doorways. They might also look for a school that offered physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy as part of the school day.
Types of schoolMost local authorities can provide a list of a range of maintained and non-maintained special schools, both in their area and around the country. 5 The LEA will see if their own schools (maintained schools) can meet a child’s needs before looking at non-maintained or other residential schooling. Few schools cater specifically for children with ABI, but they will have experience in a range of complex difficulties that will be similar to ABI.
- Partnership with Parents is a useful organisation that can offer support and advice to parents about all types of schools. There are different organisations for different parts of the country.