So today at 10am we finally got to have our meeting with Ana's class teacher over a few issues including the recent biting.
It only took the school a month to get back to us to arrange the meeting. Ana's social worker called me yesterday to check everything was still going ahead, she then also told me that her line manager would be attending the meeting due to the seriousness of the issues being discussed.
I hadn't actually met the line manager until today, but he was the person I spoke to when Ana was bitten for the second time and also the time the school lost her for 15 minutes.
I'm not a big fan of meeting, so this wasn't something I was really looking forward too. I usually become overwhelmed and end up just sitting there nodding occasionally.
Well, I went and I survived!
I did feel like the big bad wolf however as the class teacher turned up on her own and there were three of us. The poor woman was shaking while talking to us.
Anyway it was a very positive meeting, we got to put our points across and Miss S was able to tell us what actions they had already put in place or were going to to prevent the issues we discussed arising again.
Apparently the school is in the process of trying to get funding so that the child that bit Ana can have one to one supervision at all times. Social Services are now going to push that forward for them. At the moment one of the class's teaching assistants is giving the one to one supervision.
Other points that were raised at the meeting was changing Ana's Statement to suit her current needs (her statement has remained the same since she started school) and the fact that she is displaying signs of Dyslexia which the school is now looking into. By the end of the meeting we were all relaxed and felt that we had discussed everything we needed to.
Now I feel I can draw a line under this all and start looking forwards towards Ana's annual review in March. Hopefully we'll be able to set some wheels in motion and get her the help she so badly needs in class