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Funding secured for dyslexic boy
Sean Bridges
The Bridges say Sean has benefited from going to a private school
A Leicestershire family have won the right for their dyslexic son's schooling to be paid for by their local education authority.

Annette and John Bridges from Moira were worried they might have to sell their house so they could send 11-year-old Sean to a private school.

It costs 12,000 a year for his education at a private dyslexia centre in Staffordshire.

Now an education tribunal has ruled that the county council should pay.

Given the right education, he can put into society as a taxpayer a lot more than he'll take out
John Bridges, Sean's father

The Bridges, who travel 120 miles a day to and from the private centre, said Sean would get only two hours a week extra help if they sent him to a state school.

"It's going to make sure that we're safe in the knowledge that we can keep our home after we've paid the overdraft off and we can concentrate on moving forward with Sean's education," Mr Bridges said.

"We knew there was nothing wrong with Sean apart from dyslexia. We knew that he'd got a high IQ.

"We knew that in future, given the right education, he can put into society as a taxpayer a lot more than he'll take out."

Sean began attending the private centre in September 2006.

In a statement the county council said: "We provide a range of services that can help and support young people with dyslexia and hope the placement is a success for Sean."

It added: "New information was tabled at the tribunal by Mr and Mrs Bridges not known to officers beforehand."

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