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At Harris Primary Academy Merton we are lucky to have an Additionally Resourced Provision. For more information, please see the details below.
What does ARP stand for?
ARP stands for Aditionally Resourced Provision.
Who is the ARP for?
The ARP is for twenty, primary aged pupils diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. All of the pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan. Places in the ARP are allocated through the London Borough of Merton's Special Educational Needs Panel and a multidisciplinary admissions panel, in consultation with the Principal and ARP manager.
Where is the ARP?
The ARP is located on the ground floor in our KS2 building. The pupils are placed in one of three, small, specialist classes and each class has a teacher and two or three teaching assistants. The ARP has access to all of the school's resources and has its own stimulating outdoor play area.
What is the ARP curriculum?
All of the pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum specifically modified to meet their needs. Every lesson is taught by a fully qualified teacher and supported by ELKLAN trained teaching assistants. A story/topic based, cross-curricular approach is adopted throughout the ARP with meaningful, linked activities and experiences being planned for all. Individual pupils are included in a mainstream setting for socialisation and more advanced teaching opportunities, as appropriate for their needs.
What other agencies are involved?
A Speech and Language Therapist works with the ARP pupils and an Educational Psychologist is allocated to the ARP for regular liaison and review of pupils' progress. Specific consideration is given to reviewing the progess of pupils in Year 5, before their transfer to secondary school. Many of the pupils have Occupational Therapy programmes and ARP staff supposrt pupils to follow the recommendations in their individual programme. Therapists from The Sensory Smart Child LTD assess and manage interventions for the pupils.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is used to access the attainemnt of the youngest ARP pupils and PIVATS (Lancashire County Council) materials are used for assessing the attainment of pupils aged from Year 1 to Year 6. This is currently under review. SEN (Special Educational Needs) Support Plans are reviewed and written each term for all of the ARP pupils.
Communication with parents
Many of the children travel to school each day on transport provided by the Local Education Authority. Home/school communication books provice an opportunity for parents and staff to communicate on a daily basis. In addition to the statutory Statement of Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review meeting, parent review meetings are held each term to discuss each child's progress. Parents are welcome to telephone the school at any time.
The ARP is as an established, successful transition programme. Pupils and their parents are invited to the school for two, one hour long visits for informal opportunities to meet members of staff who will be working with them, to spend time in their new classrooms and see other aspecrs of the school environment. Individual transition books are prepared for each pupil between the first and second visit and entry into the school is often phased to meet individual needs, e.g. inital attendance for mornings only.
Adriana Verrecchia is Assistant Principal and responsible for the ARP.