Mum’s plea to David Cameron: give school leavers with disabilities more full-time opportunities

PETITION: Jackie Horne with her daughter Emily

PETITION: Jackie Horne with her daughter Emily

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A BOURNEMOUTH mum has called on the Prime Minister to provide full-time opportunities for school leavers with disabilities.

Jackie Horne, of Muscliff, says her 14-year-old daughter Emily – currently a pupil at Beaucroft School in Colehill – will not have the appropriate amount of support when she leaves full-time education.

The teenager has DiGeorge Syndrome, and suffers with obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder and autistic tendencies as a result.

However, her condition is not so severe that she will be able to continue in further full-time education at the school after she reaches the age of 16.

Jackie said: “I have started to investigate the other options available to us, and there just isn’t anywhere that will take Emily on for five days a week.

“Instead, we’re looking at only three days, which isn’t enough. It’s incredibly frustrating that my daughter, who mentally, academically and socially is more like nine, won’t have enough options after she leaves.”

Jackie began an online petition protesting the lack of choice available for children over the age of 16 with additional needs, which 900 people have now signed.

“Until now, Emily has received excellent specialised education for five days a week,” Jackie said.

“Her learning disability won’t disappear overnight when she hits 16, and she is not going to simply be like any other 16 year old.

“It is extremely unlikely that she’ll be able to be left on her own for the other two days when education is not provided for her.

“I believe that, with enough support, Emily can go on to lead a reasonably independent life and get a job.

“But this isn’t going to happen if her education changes so drastically at 16.”

Jackie, who works at a school in Winton, has now sent the petition to David Cameron, Michael Gove, Ofsted, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, among others.

And a positive response from Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood has encouraged Jackie to keep fighting.

She said: “I know I’m not the only mum out there wondering what on earth is going to happen when my child reaches 16.

“Young people are our future, regardless of their disabilities, and they are entitled to every opportunity that is afforded to others.”

For more information, or to sign the petition, visit change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-for-education-change-post-16-provision-for-young-people-with-additional-needs

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7:36am Thu 23 Jan 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

Be thankful you at least have post 16 options at Beaucroft for 5 days a week,my grandchild will not have that at Winchelsea which sadly is the only local special school without Post 16 options.
Be thankful you at least have post 16 options at Beaucroft for 5 days a week,my grandchild will not have that at Winchelsea which sadly is the only local special school without Post 16 options. RageAgainstTheMachine
  • Score: -3

7:55am Thu 23 Jan 14

BournemouthBorn says...

Clearly they don't understand a thing about career progression. Take a job that is only 3 days a week. Work hard. Then either get a better job or work more days on your existing one.

You can't expect for any youth (disabled or not) to be handed their perfect job straight after leaving education.That's just life.
Clearly they don't understand a thing about career progression. Take a job that is only 3 days a week. Work hard. Then either get a better job or work more days on your existing one. You can't expect for any youth (disabled or not) to be handed their perfect job straight after leaving education.That's just life. BournemouthBorn
  • Score: -13

8:13am Thu 23 Jan 14

djd says...

BournemouthBorn wrote:
Clearly they don't understand a thing about career progression. Take a job that is only 3 days a week. Work hard. Then either get a better job or work more days on your existing one.

You can't expect for any youth (disabled or not) to be handed their perfect job straight after leaving education.That's just life.
Read the story!!!! She's not looking for a job. She is looking for five days education. The same as she is now getting.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthBorn[/bold] wrote: Clearly they don't understand a thing about career progression. Take a job that is only 3 days a week. Work hard. Then either get a better job or work more days on your existing one. You can't expect for any youth (disabled or not) to be handed their perfect job straight after leaving education.That's just life.[/p][/quote]Read the story!!!! She's not looking for a job. She is looking for five days education. The same as she is now getting. djd
  • Score: 16

11:29am Thu 23 Jan 14

Azphreal says...

So will Tobias Ellwood be bringing it up at PMQ's? He seems to back a lot of things but i never read about him actually doing much to folow them up.
So will Tobias Ellwood be bringing it up at PMQ's? He seems to back a lot of things but i never read about him actually doing much to folow them up. Azphreal
  • Score: 3

12:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Jackielh says...

My interview says that Emily will not be entitled to stay at Beaucroft when she reaches 16 which is why I am taking on this battle for her and others who will not be entitled to 5 day provision.. I want for all young people with disabilities to have the same equal opportunities and right to 5 days educational provision! The article states there will only be 3 day provision for Emily which is what I am seeking to cange
My interview says that Emily will not be entitled to stay at Beaucroft when she reaches 16 which is why I am taking on this battle for her and others who will not be entitled to 5 day provision.. I want for all young people with disabilities to have the same equal opportunities and right to 5 days educational provision! The article states there will only be 3 day provision for Emily which is what I am seeking to cange Jackielh
  • Score: -1

2:46pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Globo says...

RageAgainstTheMachin
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wrote:
Be thankful you at least have post 16 options at Beaucroft for 5 days a week,my grandchild will not have that at Winchelsea which sadly is the only local special school without Post 16 options.
well get involved help get them. This is what its about getting kids with special needs, same as ordinary children and not let the politicians neglect them, not to mention who looks after them for 2 days if parents HAVE to work.
[quote][p][bold]RageAgainstTheMachin e[/bold] wrote: Be thankful you at least have post 16 options at Beaucroft for 5 days a week,my grandchild will not have that at Winchelsea which sadly is the only local special school without Post 16 options.[/p][/quote]well get involved help get them. This is what its about getting kids with special needs, same as ordinary children and not let the politicians neglect them, not to mention who looks after them for 2 days if parents HAVE to work. Globo
  • Score: 0

2:51pm Thu 23 Jan 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

Jackielh wrote:
My interview says that Emily will not be entitled to stay at Beaucroft when she reaches 16 which is why I am taking on this battle for her and others who will not be entitled to 5 day provision.. I want for all young people with disabilities to have the same equal opportunities and right to 5 days educational provision! The article states there will only be 3 day provision for Emily which is what I am seeking to cange
Are you aware that all children/young people aged 16 to 18 only attend 3 days at colleges? this has been the norm for some time now. The only post 16 options I know off other than residential schools that are still 5 days a week are Beaucroft & Linwood school. I may be wrong but I'm sure even all the local sixth forms in mainstream do not do 5 full days.
I commend you campaigning for change and wish for the same,however with all of the cuts I cannot see all 16+ being offered 5 days again.
[quote][p][bold]Jackielh[/bold] wrote: My interview says that Emily will not be entitled to stay at Beaucroft when she reaches 16 which is why I am taking on this battle for her and others who will not be entitled to 5 day provision.. I want for all young people with disabilities to have the same equal opportunities and right to 5 days educational provision! The article states there will only be 3 day provision for Emily which is what I am seeking to cange[/p][/quote]Are you aware that all children/young people aged 16 to 18 only attend 3 days at colleges? this has been the norm for some time now. The only post 16 options I know off other than residential schools that are still 5 days a week are Beaucroft & Linwood school. I may be wrong but I'm sure even all the local sixth forms in mainstream do not do 5 full days. I commend you campaigning for change and wish for the same,however with all of the cuts I cannot see all 16+ being offered 5 days again. RageAgainstTheMachine
  • Score: 5

6:49pm Thu 23 Jan 14

HannahH86 says...

I 100% agree with this! Every child is entitled to an education, to have opportunities. Every parent wants the best for their child and Jackie is fighting to ensure her child and others like Emily get these opportunities. Instead of any negative comments we should all be praising her for standing up for what is right. This article is not about giving preferential treatment to children with disabilities but to help make a change so all children are able to have equal access to an education when they leave primary school. I encourage this change, for all children. Xx
I 100% agree with this! Every child is entitled to an education, to have opportunities. Every parent wants the best for their child and Jackie is fighting to ensure her child and others like Emily get these opportunities. Instead of any negative comments we should all be praising her for standing up for what is right. This article is not about giving preferential treatment to children with disabilities but to help make a change so all children are able to have equal access to an education when they leave primary school. I encourage this change, for all children. Xx HannahH86
  • Score: 5

6:58pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Jackielh says...

I don't know if I can make a difference to a situation that affects thousands but if I don't try I wont know. All the worrying and frustration in the world wont change things so I made a decision, on behalf of all young people like Emily, to try to get us listened to. Emily has never fitted the mould of an average child, like many others, however it seems she will be expected to at 16. At least I can say , hand on heart, I tried my best. I shall continue with my efforts and can honestly say I will not be put off by any negative comments. It makes me all the more determined .
I don't know if I can make a difference to a situation that affects thousands but if I don't try I wont know. All the worrying and frustration in the world wont change things so I made a decision, on behalf of all young people like Emily, to try to get us listened to. Emily has never fitted the mould of an average child, like many others, however it seems she will be expected to at 16. At least I can say , hand on heart, I tried my best. I shall continue with my efforts and can honestly say I will not be put off by any negative comments. It makes me all the more determined . Jackielh
  • Score: 6

1:54pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Access Dorset says...

Good for you Jackie - we think what you're doing is brilliant. If there is anything Access Dorset can do to help - such as make a film with you, just let us know http://www.accessdor
setcentre.org/ Please call if interested and ask for Jonathan
Good for you Jackie - we think what you're doing is brilliant. If there is anything Access Dorset can do to help - such as make a film with you, just let us know http://www.accessdor setcentre.org/ Please call if interested and ask for Jonathan Access Dorset
  • Score: 5

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