A mum has accused her local council of "passing the buck" after her young son was unable to go to school for over year

Lyndsey Pryce, 44, from Liverpool, withdrew her son Charlie over concerns he wasn't getting the support he needed.

Charlie, 9, was diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome - a rare genetic condition which occurs in men and boys who are born with an extra X chromsome.

Children with the disease experience shyness, difficulty paying attention and low energy levels, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The condition also causes physical defects including muscle development problems and can lead to infertility.

Lyndsey removed him from Barlows Primary School in Liverpool in March 2019 with the view to transferring him to specialist school funded by Liverpool Council.

She says Charlie's medical conditions made it difficult for him at mainstream school and that he needs specialist education.

But a series of delays involving the council and the school have left Charlie without formal education for the last 11 months.

She said: "The stress of the last 11 months has made me ill and anxious. I feel like I'm a failure as a mum because we are just stuck and wherever I go I'm knocked back.

"There doesn't seem to be an urgency to get it all done. At the moment, Charlie is getting nothing and I feel totally let down.

"The only support I get that helps is from other parents who are in a similar situation.

"The situation is also causing financial strain on my family because I've had to give up my job to look after Charlie.

Charlie has learning and physical disabilities

"The council and the school cannot keep passing the buck while my son is sat upstairs with no education."

The school applied on Charlie's behalf for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the formal process for obtaining additional council funded support for children with special educational needs, in June 2019.

However, Liverpool Council missed the 20 week deadline for issuing Charlie's plan and is still yet to finalise the plan 33 weeks after the application was sent.

She also claims she was told by a  council caseworker that the local authority was too "skint" to fund Charlie a place at his preferred school.

The council denies the officer made those comments and highlighted that, under the council's Code of Practice, caseworkers must consider whether a named school on an EHC constitutes an "efficient use of resources".

The nine-year-old has been out of school for a year

Lyndsey said the school had sent work home for Charlie while he has been out of education - but said despite her best efforts, he was struggling to engage and is rapidly losing confidence.

She added: "I'm not a teacher. I do the best that I can. Since November, Charlie hasn't really engaged with any teaching and I can't get him to do anything. He won't even go outside.

"Whenever I'm told by the council they are doing their best to help me I have to correct them and say 'this isn't about me. It's about my son'.

"I'm looking at how he's changed in the space of 11 months and I don't know what's going to happen from now on. He's currently socially isolated and he's not getting the education he needs.

The council says it is trying to help Charlie

"There's no way he could go back to a mainstream school. It would be horrific for him.

"He needs a much smaller class size. 30 kids in a class is just too much for him."

Liverpool City Council apologised for the delay to issuing Charlie's final EHCP and the delay to his schooling and said that it was working to resolve the situation 'as quickly as possible'.

A council spokesperson said: "We are working hard to improve the timeline of Education Healthcare Plans. In this case it was due on 6 November but was not issued until 20 December, and for this we sincerely apologise.

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"Since then we have been consulting with the school and other educational settings to get a finalised plan in place, but we have been awaiting additional advice which Ms Pryce wants us to consider before it is issed.

"It is our aim to work with the family to resolve the situation as quickly as possible so the pupil can resume his education."

The headteacher at Barlows Primary school said it is not school policy to comment publicly on circumstances related to individual pupils.