Jessie is 12 years old and started mainstream school in September. It was quite a battle to get her there, but Jessie is having the time of her life.
Jessie has profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as some complex healthcare needs. She went to a mainstream primary school and naturally wanted to go to the same school as the rest of her friends.
The local authority were not supportive at first. They thought it would not be good for the other children and that it would cost too much to support Jessie. Jessie's mum firmly believes that all children should be educated together, both those with and without a disability. She challenged the local authority at a tribunal and was successful on every count.
The result is that Jessie loves all aspects of school. She is well supported by three trained carers, sensory specialist teachers and community nurses. The school tutors and staff have embraced Jessie and her own style of learning. The world is now Jessie's oyster!