Additional Resources Provision (ARP)
Our Additional Resources Provision (ARP) is for children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which can be accessed after the local authority has allocated the provision. The children attending Coston Primary School ARP have Autism, Social Communication and/ or Moderate Learning Difficulties identified as the primary need. We have currently two ARP classrooms at Coston for children from Reception to Year 6. As a result of the success of the unit we are expanding in September 2020 to have 3 classes.
Coston ARP Aims:
- To have high expectations of all children with SEND, and to raise levels of attainment, progress and achievement.
- To innovate in curriculum development and develop a range of strategies to provide effective education for all children with SEND and facilitate their inclusion into the mainstream.
- To provide high quality education and care for children and demonstrate expertise in working with children with communication needs, neurodevelopmental needs (including ASD) and other, moderate learning needs.
- To ensure effective partnership working between school, the wider community, and health and social services.
The ARP is managed by the Inclusion Manager – Miss Patti – a highly experienced and knowledgeable practitioner who specialises in working with children with SEND. Her background was originally in Special School settings, working with children with autism, and Miss Patti is passionate about developing an inclusive and integrated approach to our provision.
The teachers and teaching assistants all have experience of working with children with Autism and, more importantly, are dedicated to ensuring that the ARP uses the approaches and strategies essential to provide the children with the most appropriate learning environment to suit their leaning style. The ARP has a dedicated suite of rooms which have been specifically designed and built to meet the needs of children with additional learning needs. From September 2020 there will be an EYFS/ Year 1 classroom, a Year 2/3 classroom and a classroom for Years 4-6, all with their own calm areas, a Daily Living Skills room, a Multi-Sensory room, a dedicated outside play area and a Multi-Disciplinary room which can be used for Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language or other interventions.
The curriculum is differentiated to meet the individual needs of the children, with an individualised approach to teaching dependent of each child’s needs e.g. use of work stations, organisation of the classroom.
The children are taught in small groups for maths and literacy to enable them to develop their reading, writing, communication and maths skills at an appropriate level. Children have the opportunity to work independently to further develop and consolidate skills learned. Specialist SEN approaches are used to deliver the curriculum and resources created to support and enhance the teaching and learning. Visually supported communication is a key aspect of practice in the ARP, and supports children’s understanding as well as their ability to communicate their wants and needs.
Integration into mainstream is another important part of daily life in the ARP. This differs for each child, and may start with very short periods of time, building up for some children to spend a significant part of their day with their mainstream peers. This provides the children with the opportunity to transfer the social skills learnt in the smaller group setting of the ARP into a wider setting, as well as access wider learning opportunities, and interact and socialise with their peers.