George Carey Church of England Primary School is one of six schools within LBBD that have an Additional Resource Provision for children with autism and complex learning needs. In George Carey, the ARP class is called ‘Doves’ and has 12 spaces available. Children with placements in the ARP also are part of a mainstream class. Teaching is provided by a range of highly trained specialist staff within the ARP who support with the mainstream part of the child’s provision.Children have a personalised learning programme that they follow.
We believe that all children with autism are individuals and must be treated as such. By working as part of a team with the child and their families at the forefront, we can ensure the best outcomes for all children. It is important to focus on what a child can do and to use motivational activities and careful planning to ensure that children continue to make maximum progress with their learning. All children have the right to access the same opportunities as their peers and benefit from the modelling that takes place in a mainstream setting. Each child has individual needs, and we take this into account when planning for inclusion within their mainstream classes. We also take into account the children’s favoured activities and levels of emotional regulation.
What we do:
- We provide opportunities to educate the school and wider community about autism and strategies that help reduce the difficulties associated with autism.
- We listen to the views of the children and their families and include them in decision making including the formation of personalised learning programmes. Where children are pre verbal, we aim to take into account their views through a range of strategies.
- We undertake termly reviews, including the statutory Annual Review of each child’s Statement or EHC plan. During these reviews we not only discuss progress and the steps each child has made towards their targets; but also ways in which we can further support parents at home to ensure a continuity of approach. We will also signpost parents to any relevant organisations where support can be found to meet their needs and those of the child.
- We provide high quality staff, that are well trained to meet the exceptional needs of these children; and whose training is kept current through targeted CPD.
- We provide each child with a personal learning programme that acknowledges and challenges the diad of impairments, setting out specific activities and interventions. Rigorous assessments are made in order to track progress and inform planning
- We provide structure throughout the school that helps with organisation and making sense of what can be a very confusing world. This alongside predictable events and careful planning; aims to reduce anxiety.
- We provide a variety of learning environments to address the very specific learning needs of individuals; including sensory requirements.
- We adopt a multidisciplinary approach that is informed by the principles of structured teaching, SCERTS, PECS, intensive interaction and makaton.
- We work alongside a variety of outside agencies who support the children, families and staff. These include a specialist speech and language therapist, an educational psychologist and local authority advisors.
- We make links with a range of other settings and organisations in order to continue to develop our provision and spread good practice to other settings.