She said she removed her son from a state school after professional advice recommended he be placed in a school "able to meet his particular needs". Ms Kelly said the local authority accepted the advice, but she had not asked for any help in meeting the cost. She said: "I, like any mother, want to do the right thing for my son." "I appreciate that some will disagree with my decision. I understand why, but we all face difficult choices as parents." I have not and will not seek the help of the local authority in meeting these costs Ruth Kelly Communities Secretary She said her three other children continued to be educated at state schools, and it had been her intention for her son to also continue in the state sector. "The professional advice I received was that he needed specific specialist support as soon as possible." He would remain at the £15,000-a-year private school for "a couple of years before he begins at a state secondary school". She said it was not uncommon for pupils with substantial learning difficulties to spend some time outside the state sector to help them progress. "Sometimes this is paid for by the local authority. In my case, I have not and will not seek the help of the local authority in meeting these costs," Ms Kelly said.