A PARENT claims a raft of “unacceptable” changes at a Southend school have left her child humiliated.

Last month, the Echo revealed how Temple Sutton School was spearheading changes which meant children who need extra learning support were being moved into mainstream year group classrooms.

They had been in separate, smaller classes last year.

Teachers told parents there would be a six-week transition period for the pupils, teachers and parents to become accustomed to the changes.

However, some parents aren’t happy with how the integration has gone.

Lucy Brighten, 36, whose youngest child has autism and ADHD, said: “My son’s teacher forced him to read aloud in front of the class, ignoring the fact that he can’t read.

“He tried, but he eventually refused and then got sent out as a result.

“Other boys bully him and antagonise him every lunch time.

“They threatened to push his head under water during swimming class, knowing that they’ll get a reaction out of him.

“I bought him earphones to wear during class when there’s a lot of noise, but the teacher just took them off him and just gave them to someone else.

“He gets really frustrated and panics; a teacher once told him that he needed to pay £350 for kicking a water fountain, he’s aged nine and has ADHD, what do they expect?

“I was absolutely astonished, it’s unacceptable.”

The mum-of-four, from Pitsea, said: “They need to be consistent with what they’re doing.

“There’s no communication with parents.

“My child’s support teacher told me that she’s way out of her depth; the class teacher won’t allow her to do her job properly.

“There’s so many parents that are in my position, I’ve certainly had enough.”

A spokesperson for Temple Sutton said: “Interim arrangements are in place to ensure that individual pupils have access to support that meets their needs in the classroom.

“These interim arrangements are being reviewed as we move towards a more consistent whole school approach in the coming academic year.

“As part of that review we plan to meet again with the parents shortly to discuss their child’s transition and future provision.”