Mum fights for her ADHD son to stay at Hale Primary School for an extra year

Runcorn and Widnes World: Amanda Beauchampe and her son, Brett Amanda Beauchampe and her son, Brett

A MUM whose son has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is fighting for funding to allow him to stay at Hale Primary School for an extra year.

Brett Beauchampe, aged 10, was only diagnosed a year ago and has made great progress since being prescribed medication and receiving support from a personal mentor.

However, Halton Council says they can no longer afford to pay for his 30 hours a week one-to-one extra classroom tuition and says Liverpool Council should foot the bill because his family lives in Speke.

Brett has attended the school since he was in reception and has his mum says he struggled until he his behavioural condition was eventuallty identified.

His mum, Amanda, aged 37, a practice nurse, said: “Since teachers put him back into year five, his behaviour is so much better.“There has been a massive improvement.

“He is working at a level he can cope with. He is not as pressured.

“If he had received this support from the start, he wouldn’t have fallen so far behind.”

She wants him to go to a learning support unit at Wade Deacon in September 2015, as she believes he needs an extra year at primary school to catch up.

Amanda added: “He is not ready to go to high school this September. My main aim is to give him the opportunity to stay at primary school for an extra year.

A spokesman for Halton Council said: “Halton has acted in the best interest of the child and given early intervention. We are currently in discussion with Liverpool to assess the pupil's needs and work together to achieve the best outcomes for the child in the future."

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2:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

So it is Liverpool City Council tat are dragging their feet. There is a local school that should be able to meet his needs in Speak. There is no gurentee that he will get a place at Wade Decon, either this year or next. Surely those places are for pupils from Halton Borough Council Areas.
So it is Liverpool City Council tat are dragging their feet. There is a local school that should be able to meet his needs in Speak. There is no gurentee that he will get a place at Wade Decon, either this year or next. Surely those places are for pupils from Halton Borough Council Areas. SAC_in_Warrington

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