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Mum's fury at the school's court threat as 'anxious' autistic son kept home for eight months.
The distraught mum of an autistic boy kept off school for months with severe anxiety has hit out after being threatened with court action over his absences. Laura Hill said eight-year-old Finley suffered a 'catastrophic mental health breakdown' last May, which made going to school "impossible." Finley had been struggling for three years to cope in his mainstream school near Sutton where he had some additional support.
But Laura claims the limited help given was not enough, and eventually, her little boy suffered a meltdown which triggered his total collapse. "He was broken and to be honest I nearly broke with him," the mother said. From May to August last year, Finley barely moved off the sofa, or his bed and Laura was pretty much confined to the house with him as he battled with his sense of panic.
Funding cuts in the curriculum of Birmingham schools.
Schools of Birmingham are cutting back the curriculum and not replacing teachers when they leave because of a growing funding crisis, the chief inspector of schools has said. In an unprecedented step, Ofsted's laid out the impact of cuts in a blog post that has since been removed because it was published "erroneously". It will be published again in the coming weeks, along with a more detailed study on school funding. Spielman has previously been criticised after she said it would be.
Few school leaders carefully monitor the impacts of their responses to financial pressure". She said schools were responding to funding pressure by reducing curriculum breadth, with languages, computing, design and technology and music most affected. She added that in some of the secondary schools the inspectorate visited subject specialists were not being replaced when they left, and other teachers were teaching outside their specialism.