Resourced Provision for Autism (ASD) - Fir Tree School
The Primary Autism Resource located at Fir Tree Primary School opened in the Autumn of 2017, caters for pupils on the autism spectrum aged between 5 and 11 years. The Resource is one of two Primary Autism Resources serving West Berkshire. It is a state of the art space within the school, with two fully equipped classrooms, therapy room, calm room, sensory room, shower and toilets, a kitchen/ common room and an outdoor area.
Pupils are supported by the AS Unit staff in mainstream classes and access the resource as and when necessary. The Teacher in Charge of the Resource ensures that personalised programmes of support are planned for each child, in order to support their needs. Additional support is provided, when advised, by external agencies such as Speech and Language, the Educational Psychologist or Occupational Therapists. The children also have access to intervention programmes such as Social and Emotional Skills, Life Skills, Meditation and Mindfulness, Lego Therapy and Riding for the Disabled. Gardening is also a key feature in the curriculum for these children.
Who to contact
Where to go
- ASD Resource Unit
Fir Tree School
Fir Tree Lane
- RG14 2RA
- Age Ranges
- Other notes
What training and support is offered to mainstream staff?
The Teacher in Charge of the AS Unit ensures that all staff in the school have an understanding of Autism and other Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Support and training for the mainstream staff is delivered regularly by the AS Unit staff. Topics include Autism and other related difficulties. The Teacher in Charge works closely with the staff at Trinity School’s Autism Unit to provide expertise and support for all staff within the Newbury Academy Trust.
What are the staffing arrangements in the Provision?
Currently, there is a Teacher in Charge of the Unit and four Teaching Assistants. Additional teaching and support staff will be employed as required.
What qualifications/experience do staff in the Provision have?
Teacher in Charge: B. Ed (Hons), SENCo- 13 years, Teaching Children Meditation Connected Kids Level 1, Previously Acting Teacher in Charge Trinity School ASD Unit (April-August 2017) Level 2 Understanding Autism
1) NVQ Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 2 and 3
2) One of the TAs has worked in a Primary ASD resource for 6 years previously.
3) Understanding Autism Level 2
All staff have had extensive training in Autism which has been provided in house, by the LA, CAMHs and National Autistic Society.
- Contact Name
- Michelle Pearse
- Contact Telephone
- Contact Email
- SEN Provision Type
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Local Offer Age Bands
5 to 7
7 to 11