Annual Review Time – Tues 17th Nov 2015

By | November 17, 2015

  
It doesn’t seem like a year since the last one, but today saw D’s Annual Review.  A time to sit down with her teacher, together with the Head Teacher and, for part of it, D herself to talk about her strengths, where help is needed to improve and objectives.

It was the first time that D joined the meeting for a length of time, as she’s now in secondary, students are encouraged to join but obviously given the option.  She was unsure whether she wanted to before we dropped her off so it was lovely to see her in there.

It started with D showing us all some photos she’d chosen from the various class activities.  She squirmed and twisted as she spoke in a tiny voice, with lots of prompts but we were so pleased that she’d make the choice to come in.  It’s a big thing, not only being in a strange meeting room, but having your mum and dad there, plus your teacher plus the head teacher – anyone would find it daunting! 

The main message from D’s objectives was that of confidence – it’s an ongoing challenge for her, it has been for years – that it’s okay to make mistakes and sometimes we learn from them (ie spellings) and that, if you’re not happy with a situation within (for example) the playground, it’s okay to say “no” or to walk away.

The confidence (or lack of) issue within activities which are not adult-led have caused D many anxieties this year.  She’s been unable to say “stop it” when another child has bullied her and also lacked the confidence to tell a trusted adult afterwards.  It’s then snowballed in her mind and we’d have an emotional outburst at home time.  

D had gone back to class by this time so we could all discuss this issue, it was a relief to know that school are taking it forward (in terms of the teacher of the other child is aware) and, as it’s anti-bullying week, there will be focus on learning to say when you’re not comfortable, telling a trusted adult etc.

After D’s review last year, I felt absolutely terrified that we’d be told that SN school was no longer appropriate for her, we were told that there may come a point where they’d get as far as they could with her but that her capabilities may overtake what the school could offer (she loves to read and can write, but finds it a challenge).  

I was so scared that she’d be moved against our will (and remembering this, in addition to everything else that’s challenged us the last few years, it’s no wonder I headed off to my doctor for some help roughly about this time last year too).

Today there was no such talk, whilst her intellectual capabilities may be just a few years below her peers, her emotional ones are way below that.  A bittersweet relief that there was no such mention, she (playground anxieties aside) is so settled in her school, she looks forward to going in, heading up to class and it’s always reported that she goes in with a smile (apart from after injection time).

To have any fleeting thoughts that, when I was D’s age, I’d be walking 45 minutes to secondary school with friends,  Saturdays were taken up with spending pocket money on records or lipstick and a Slush Puppy, would be futile.  

Whilst our girl won’t be doing any of that and certainly not in a busy shopping centre, she’s happy, she’s settled and she knows she’s supported and loved and that’s what’s important for her.

I found this image online today, D is very visual so I’m going to print it off and laminate it for her – it might help, it might not – but it’s worth a try.

  

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Silly Mummy on 20th November 2015 at 1:27 am.

Love the image! I would have been nervous going into a meeting with so many people when I was at school, so think D did really well to do it and say her bit. Glad there is no talk of disrupting her from where she is settled – as you say, it’s not about what any other kids might be doing or where, what is right for each child and makes them comfortable is the important thing. #SSAmazingAchievements

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Jeannette on 20th November 2015 at 9:30 am.

Thanks, it’s a major relief that there’s no talk of moving her, she’s happy, she’s settled and she’s learning – that’s all positive for her.
I loved that image when I found it too 🙂

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Erica Price on 20th November 2015 at 7:15 am.

I can imagine that a meeting like that would be a bit nervewracking for any teen. Glad she’s doing so well. Sounds like the school are taking the bullying seriously.

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Jeannette on 20th November 2015 at 9:28 am.

Thanks, she is doing very well. We’re lucky that the school is very relaxed when it comes to teachers being known by their first names, it’s certainly helped D cope with getting to know them 🙂

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Jane - Our Little Escapades on 24th November 2015 at 7:51 pm.

I’m so glad the review went well and D was happy to attend. I also have the fear of loosing the school place but as you say it isn’t just about the reading and writing. I really hope D likes her new poster.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
x

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Jeannette on 25th November 2015 at 1:00 pm.

As long as there’s a statement or EHCP or whatever it’s called, they’ll both be okay.
The life skills experiences are benefiting D so much, they eikk your E too x

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