Rationale for specialist school preference

anaritasl Community member Posts: 3 Listener
edited November 2023 in Families and carers
Hi all, we have to submit our school preference to our local authority and my son's case worker has suggested we add the rationale for choosing a specialist school. Has anyone done this before and got the school they wanted? If you did, what did you say in your rationale? 
Many thanks, Ana. 


  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,717 Championing
    Hey there @anaritasl and welcome to the community! How're you today?

    I'm just popping your post into a different category so more people in the know will be able to see it and hopefully offer you some top notch advice. :) 
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  • anaritasl
    anaritasl Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi @Albus_Scope, thank you very much! :)
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,200 Championing
    Hi @anaritasl - & welcome to the community from me also. This website seems to give some ideas for the rationale in choosing a specialist school: https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/special-educational-needs/special-needs-introduction

  • anaritasl
    anaritasl Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi @chiarieds. Thank you very much!! 
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,980 Championing
    Hi @anaritasl. You will want to highlight how specialist schools can meet your son's needs whereas mainstream schools cannot. This is particularly useful if you have a particular specialist school in mind and can provide examples of resources or opportunities the specialist school can provide that mainstream schools cannot. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any further questions about this or wish to discuss this further  :)
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