Do staff need to know about stammering in my chosen school?

Is my choice of school limited when my child stammers?


While it is helpful if your selected schools have some experience or knowledge of stammering, you do not need to restrict your choice of school in any way when your child stammers, as all teachers (and home educators) can learn the very simple strategies to support your child. Speech and language therapists often provide information or training for staff and specific strategies of support for class teachers are available at BSA:Education.

When can your child start a state-maintained school?

Your choices:

  • to apply for a place to start secondary school in the September of the school year in which he reaches the age of 12.
  • to apply for a place to start middle school if that provision is available locally. These schools take children from 8-12 or 9-13, in some local authorities, after which the pupils go on to upper school at the age of 12 or 13.

When can your child start an independent school?

Independent school offer entry at 11 in some cases or at 13 for the major public schools. Many independent schools have tests, interviews and assessments that can be very stressful for all pupils so when your child stammers it is important to try to reduce any worries he may have. Advice from a speech and language therapist could be very helpful and information and support is available from the BSA:Helpline.

Your child's therapist should also be informed about your final choice of school and may be able to provide information and/or advice that you can pass on to staff there. BSA:Education provides training for secondary teachers to support children who stammer and can be accessed by your child's teachers.

Home education

Children of secondary school age, who have been home educated since they were 5, are likely to be ready to continue with home learning but for a child who has been attending a primary school the transition to home schooling can be more difficult. Parents need to take advice from the local authority and any professionals involved with the child, such as the therapist, and ensure that the child himself supports the decision.

School leaving date

This is currently set at the last Friday in June in the school year in which the pupil reaches the age of 16. Some pupils will continue their education at their secondary school for the two years of the Sixth Form, or may choose other options such as a sixth form college, a further education college, or employment.

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