Mum 'left in limbo' issues desperate plea after son excluded from school

A mum says she has been left in limbo and living in fear for her son's future - after her was excluded from school and is currently receiving no education.

Tanya Kelly lives in Stacksteads with her four children, including 14-year-old son Dhillon Kelly. Following an incident involving his behaviour last year, she is concerned her son could miss out on a whole year of school.

In December 2023, the youngster was permanently excluded from Eden School in Blackburn, which he had attended for three years.

Although the teenager has a diagnosis of ADHD and autism, Tanya does think it's an excuse for his behaviour. She told LancsLive: "He is diagnosed with ADHD and autism, but I'm not saying it's all down to that.


"Partly, it is his own fault, he needs to learn to control his own actions but he doesn't think at the time. He realises after what he shouldn't have done and he realises that."

After his exclusion, Dhillon needed a review for his Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan), which details his special educational needs. It states he cannot attend a mainstream school.

Tanya says the plan was up-to-date, but it would take several weeks to hear back from any schools Dhillon would be able to enrol in.

However, Tanya says she was told by Lancashire County Council that her son would be able to benefit from home tutoring, while a new school was arranged. But four months later, she told LancsLive she was still waiting.

"Every time I contact the council, or his case worker, or whoever is dealing with it, I just don't get a response," Tanya said. "I've sent several messages and I'm just not getting anywhere with anything


"So I don't know if they've approached schools and schools have said, no, he can't attend this school or I don't actually know if school's have been approached, I don't know."

Currently, Dhillon should be attending Eden School as a pupil of Year 9 and preparing for his GCSE exams in the next couple of years. However, with this set back and as we approach the month of May, Tanya is concerned he may be left a year behind his peers.

"I'm thinking, the next stage they're going to say is that it's coming on to the big summer holidays," Tanya said. "So it will have to be in September and it's like, well he'll be in Year 10 then and that's a whole year he's wasted."

Tanya states she appreciates Dhillon was excluded due to his behaviour, but the family have been left in limbo for four months.

"It was his own fault, I'm not going to defend him and say it's bad he's been excluded because it is what it is," Tanya explained. "It was his own fault, but what I don't agree with is how long the council have actually taken to deal with it, or not deal with it."

Left without any educational alternative, the mum continued: "He struggles anyway with his social communication and stuff, so sitting in his bedroom is not something that's ideal for him, knowing his social communication skills are not brilliant anyway. I'm trying."

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: "We value every child's unique needs and are dedicated to ensuring that all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), can thrive.

"We have been supporting an individual with an EHCP with regular visits from our dedicated SEND case worker. Tuition support has been offered to the family.

"Nationally, there has been a substantial increase in the number of children seeking SEND support and we are addressing this by putting in place individual tuition, targeted interventions in places that require them, opening or expanding SEN units in mainstream schools and increasing places in Lancashire special schools.

"We truly aim to ensure that every child and young person in Lancashire can receive the support they need to reach their full potential in education and beyond."

LancsLive have also approached Eden School for comment.