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
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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
The AS Unit caters for children with a diagnosis of Autism, which has a significant impact on the pupil’s learning and development, and which requires specialised adult support in order to access the curriculum, and for the pupil to make academic and developmental progress. The AS Unit can cater for pupils who meet the following criteria: • Meet the LA’s statutory assessment criteria for an Education, Health and Care Plan with a Primary Need of Autistic Spectrum Disorder • Have a diagnosis of ASD which has a significant impact on learning and development • Have ASD and associated difficulties which affect access to the curriculum and require specialist teaching or support, including a high level of anxiety, extreme lack of flexibility, significant difficulties with social communication, or a high level of sensory integration difficulties • Have a level of ability within the range expected in a mainstream school • Have sufficient language ability to access the mainstream curriculum • Can access the mainstream curriculum but may need it presented in a highly specialised and flexible way and with opportunities for consolidation. • Require intensive, specialist teaching and support to achieve the outcomes identified within their EHC Plan, this includes: o A highly personalised programme to support needs associated with ASD within a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of individual pupils o Access to a high level of support from teachers qualified and experienced in teaching pupils with ASD o Access to appropriate advice and support from speech and language therapy o Access to appropriate advice and support from occupational therapy o A high level of support across the curriculum to include appropriate individual intervention and/or small group work o A carefully planned approach to supporting transition into mainstream environments o Supported inclusion in the mainstream environment o The possibility of access to an alternative curriculum or opportunities to engage with providers of alternative education o An environment and ethos of awareness of the needs of pupils with ASD within the wider school, and where all staff have relevant training The provision will not be suitable for pupils whose primary need is related to: • Emotional and behavioural difficulties • Speech and language delay.
Admissions decisions will be made by the SEN/EHC Panel in accordance with the agreed admission criteria for the resource. If the Panel determines, having considered professional advice and parental preference, that a resource placement would be suitable, papers relating to the pupil will be sent to the Headteacher by the SEN Manager for consideration. The Headteacher will discuss any concerns or queries about admissions with the SEN Manager. In the great majority of cases pupils will be put forward for placement on completion of a statutory assessment leading to an Education, Health and Care Plan, or following the Annual Review of a pupil who already has a statement or an Education, Health and Care Plan. An exception to this would include “Emergency placements” for pupils without a statement or Education, Health and Care Plan as permitted by the SEND Code of Practice, e.g. a pupil moves in to the area and may not have a completed assessment but clearly requires specialist provision; or a pupil’s needs change dramatically as a result of accident or illness. In such cases, an application for an Education, Health and Care Assessment should be made by the Teacher in Charge on entry to the resource. Once a pupil has been accepted by the school for a place in the resource, the school will put in train admission arrangements, including liaison with the feeder school, the child’s parents and other professionals. An individualised plan for the pupil’s transition into the resource should be discussed and agreed by all parties – the school, the pupil, the parents/carers and professionals involved with the pupil. In the event of concerns about the suitability of a placement, the Resource staff should discuss these concerns with the SEN Manager or relevant SEN Officer. In addition, the Resource staff should ensure such issues are included in Support and Review Meetings. It may also be appropriate to arrange an early Annual Review meeting in order to formally discuss the placement. If a change of placement is being considered, then the Resource staff must arrange an Annual review with the LA present to discuss the situation.
The AS Unit has an open door policy. Parents and carers are encouraged to contact the Teacher in Charge, or the Head teacher at the school. If there are further concerns, the Complaints Policy of the Newbury Academy Trust, should be consulted. This can be found on the school’s website.
All staff receive regular safeguarding training and are DBS checked. All staff and students will be subject to school policies and procedures including health and safety, safe guarding.
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