A specialist provision to support children who have a diagnosis of Autism.
At Billesley Primary School we recognise that some children with ASD can find the world a very confusing place which can make school a challenge. Our aim is to equip our children with skills and strategies to reduce anxieties so that they can have a fun and enjoyable time at school. We promote their inclusion across all areas of their education and provide support to enable them to succeed alongside their mainstream peers in the classroom and beyond.
We have high aspirations for all the children in the Resource Base and we follow the National Curriculum, which is appropriately differentiated and personalised, tailored to meet children’s individual needs. Using a wide range of teaching approaches and ASD specific strategies we engage children in their learning and ensure they are confident, successful learners. Our curriculum has a high focus on addressing the social, emotional and communication needs of our pupils as well as developing their independence and learning behaviours. We follow a range of programmes to develop these skills and children have daily opportunities to build upon them through life skills, games, collaborative activities and daily reward time. In addition to this, some of our children have weekly mentoring sessions with our Learning Mentor to address their emotional needs, build self esteem and allow them to reflect on their school experiences. As much as possible, our pupils have the opportunity to complete their learning in the mainstream school. Each child’s journey is individual and supported by our RB staff team working with the mainstream class teacher.
We endeavour to provide our children with as broad and balanced an education as possible. For some of our pupils, we have weekly cooking lessons, social skills sessions as well as regular opportunities to work in our fruit and veg garden. For these pupils, working collaboratively, planning and completing projects and practicing behaviour expectations when playing games are important experiences. We also enjoy getting out of the classroom and are looking forward to reintroducing our life skills lessons which have seen us catch the bus to the theatre, the train to the museum and even go clothes shopping in Primark!
For some of our pupils, developing their communication and interaction is of paramount importance. Their curriculum is more specialised with daily opportunities for outdoor learning and exploration, art and time to enjoy our sensory light room. We also do daily physical activity and specialist interventions such as Attention Autism.
The Resource Base provides children with an ‘ASD friendly’ environment to learn in. We use a range of visual supports to enable children to access their classroom independently. Our classrooms are calm and promote a distraction free learning environment that enables our children to reach their full potential.
Part of our work involves ensuring our staff understand how best to support the children in their care. We work closely with a range of outside agencies including, Behaviour Support and Training with Steve Brown, PSS, Educational Psychologists, Communication and Autism Team and Sensory Support. All of our staff are trained at Level 2 AET and Team Teach.
Our Inclusion Team
At Billesley Primary School we support children with a variety of differing special educational needs and we pride ourselves on being a highly inclusive school with an ethos which encourages and celebrates diversity and difference
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator: Mrs Butler Vice Principal: Mr Hudson Pastoral Manager: Mrs Gardener Inclusion and Fmaily Support: Miss Fields Speech and Language TA support: Ben Buswell
Agencies we work with: Educational Psychologist (EP) Pupil School Support (PSS) Vision Support Team (SS) Speech and Language Therapy services (SALT) Behaviour support and training Ltd Early Help Hub
Billesley Primary School