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Why can't Tiffany go to school?
7:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
WORRIED parents have criticised school services over a delay in getting their daughter back into full-time schooling.
Tiffany Lawrence, 10, was expelled from Frobisher Primary School in Jaywick nearly two years ago after being excluded several times.
The youngster struggles with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was removed for continually disrupting classes.
Following her expulsion she was put into part-time schooling in Colchester as a stop-gap, attending for two hours a day.
But her parents say education bosses at Essex County Council have been dragging their feet over getting Tiffany back to a Clacton school.
Mum Tammy said: “At Frobisher they couldn’t handle her. They said she was disrupting classes and made her leave permanently.
“But that was nearly two years ago and she is barely getting any schooling now.
“We are worried she is missing out on an education.
“We don’t want her to go through life without knowing what she should. It will put her at a big disadvantage. It is ridiculous.
“The council got us to pick a new school for her, and we went and had a look at schools in Clacton, but that was a long time ago now.
“They are dragging their feet and our daughter is losing out.”
Essex County Council has to provide a taxi to take Tiffany between her Sea Crescent home and the East Essex Additional Provision School in Colchester.
The council cannot comment in individual cases but a spokesman said: “Essex County Council is committed to working with the parents of all children who are out of school due to their challenging behaviour.
“It is our intention to support children to return to mainstream education wherever that is possible.
“This process involves consulting local schools to ensure that any return to school has the best possible chance of success and to identify that correct and appropriate support is in place for the pupil concerned.
“Any concerns raised by parents regarding their child’s provision whilst they are out of school pending a new placement will be investigated thoroughly.”