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18/01/21

Retweetd From M&S

From Monday we will bolster the Government’s weekly £15 School Meal Vouchers to £20. The extra £5 can provide children in England with nutritious meals each day at home. So you can get breakfast & lunch for 2 children for £20. See our nutritionists' planner for meal inspiration. https://t.co/joZrCBlqFg

17/01/21

have launched an online library. You can find out more here https://t.co/KP2pB8L7g1

16/01/21

Retweetd From Department for Education

If your child is eligible for free school meals, your school might provide support through the National Voucher Scheme. You can redeem your eCode for an eGift card at the supermarkets below. More info about the scheme: https://t.co/8ZgZSAZZqH https://t.co/vjHUgSQEj2

16/01/21

Retweetd From Department for Education

Schools will provide support for children eligible for free school meals through either lunch parcels, vouchers arranged locally, or the National Voucher Scheme. Here’s what parents need to know about the National Voucher Scheme, which starts from Monday. https://t.co/KxXamGH9gi

15/01/21

Thank you so much for this lovely tweet! We will pass it on to Miss Hooper! We can’t wait till O is back in school with all our other students ⭐️ https://t.co/pD8lzHAHkj

15/01/21

Please continue to check our letters section for any that have been sent recently.

15/01/21

We are currently waiting for the government website to open for orders and as soon as it does we will be ordering and issuing the vouchers.

14/01/21

Please let us know if you are a parent relying on data! https://t.co/PAlF5jpq6o

14/01/21

Retweetd From National Online Safety

After a recent move by popular messaging app, WhatsApp, to alter its privacy policy, millions of its users have ditched the app in favour of its rivals. What does the alteration mean? Where are users now heading? Our latest blog feature explains >> https://t.co/IrNIjuirH3 https://t.co/vra6STWL5C

13/01/21

Retweetd From Dons Local Action Group

This is an example of one of our family boxes!🤩 We provide enough food for each adult and child to have substantial meals throughout the week, bringing dignity to those in poverty!👏 All the food is donated by generous shoppers and topped up buy wonderful suppliers!🥰 https://t.co/x2xf5CaLX3

12/01/21

Retweetd From Katie Tilcock

We have not had the easiest experience with Microsoft teams but we have learnt how to hand work in now 😆here is LD's example of a healthy lunch box for a year three student https://t.co/1O4ySmtBCM

11/01/21

Retweetd From HPAPeckhamPark

Heres how to open Microsoft Teams on PS4 or XBox https://t.co/TIyLyHJJuu

10/01/21

Fun ideas of what could be done while you’re at home! https://t.co/RBEm29jKOi

09/01/21

Retweetd From Ros Wilson

There are a selection of free resources to support home learning here – https://t.co/HaeSABhpQ0. You might find the Home Learning Tips useful to support children during this challenging time.

08/01/21

Thanks to for helping get more of students online!

08/01/21

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well done and thank you to all our children, parents and staff this week. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

08/01/21

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Best thing I've read all week 👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/OTdcI1tO2k

08/01/21

Alayna in Peacock sent us a picture of her desk! Miss V and Ms Towersey are very jealous of her pink office chair! Keep up the hard work! https://t.co/LlY9LnKNdf

07/01/21

Retweetd From National Online Safety

Remote education? We’ve got you 🤗 Check out our free guides to lockdown learning for teachers, parents and children. Apple: https://t.co/jh1gcxpOrk Android: https://t.co/tyECkMThVt Desktop: https://t.co/1EArtLKeYV https://t.co/oQxfrGvIPp

07/01/21

Retweetd From Protect Young Eyes

The Protect App has launched! 🚀After 7 months and many late nights, we are available in both the Apple App and Google Play Stores! Over 400 mini-lessons. Swipe through them whenever you have time! 5 minutes a day to unlock your digital parenting powers! https://t.co/mAzt29uXwa https://t.co/FDbbPjVruY

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ASD Base (ARP)

 

Our Additional Resource Base (ARP) is one of five Primary ARP’s within the Borough of Merton.  We are one of four that is specifically for children who have a diagnosis of Autism as their primary need.  Adriana Verrecchia is Assistant Principal and responsible for the ARP. 

 

If you would like to discuss a place for your child in the ARP, Please contact the Merton SEN Team.  

Our ARP Information Leaflet can be downloaded here

Who is the ARP for?

The ARP is for twenty-two, primary aged pupils, from Reception to Year 6,  diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Complex Communicate Needs. All of the pupils have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Places in the ARP are allocated through the London Borough of Merton's Special Educational Needs Panel.   

How does my child gain a place in the ARP?

Applications for the ARP are separate to mainstream admissions.  Children who currently attend our maintstream will have to go through the same process as all other students requesting a place at the ARP. If you wish to apply for a place in Harris Primary Merton’s ARP you will need to contact your child’s assigned case worker.  They will submit your child’s EHCP and supporting documents to Merton’s ARP Panel, which is held half termly.  Your child’s case will be discussed by a team of professionals, including ARP managers and school principals, where a decision will be made on whether your child’s needs would be met within an ARP.   Your case worker will also communication the panel’s decision back to you.

To visit the ARP prior to making your decision please contact our Assitant Principal, Adriana Verrecchia,  on a.verrecchia@harrisprimarymerton.org.uk

Where is the ARP?

The ARP is located in our KS2 building. We have our own learning area, which is organised to ensure children with Autism feel safe and calm in the learning environment. We have separate play areas for some of the children in the ARP that find the mainstream playground over stimulating.

We have three classes – one for KS1, one for lower KS2 and one for upper KS2. Each class has a qualified teacher and two SEN support assistants.

What is the ARP curriculum?

All of the lessons in our ARP are:

  • Communication based;
  • Visually based;
  • Practical, functional and meaningful, which promotes ‘real’ learning situations across all Key Stages.
  • Aimed at preparing pupils for inclusion in the mainstream classroom environment.


All pupil is given access to all the core subjects (Maths, English and Science) and the Foundation subjects (all other subjects) of the National Curriculum. The ARP caters for a wide range of ages – from the Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2. These abilities are taken into consideration when differentiating lessons for small group teaching. 

There is an emphasis on encouraging pupils to take increasing levels of responsibility for their own learning and therefore promoting independence.

All pupils are included in some weekly mainstream lessons to help build their social skills and further enhance their learning experiences.  There are children in our ARP who attend lessons in the mainstream lesson daily.

All children are assessed regularly to ensure they are progressing within their learning environment through standardised tests and phonics checks.

What other agencies are involved?

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)

All children in our resource base work with Merton’s Speech and Language Therapist works with our pupils.  Our therpist is called Miss Woodfield.   The therapist works creates a personalised speech and language therapy programme that is shared with all staff working with the children.   Each class also received weekly social and communication group sessions where the children focus on age specific and social communication needs associated with Autism

Educational Psychologist (EP)

The ARP works closely with Merton’s Educational Psychology team, where a specific psychologist is allocated to the ARP for regular liaison and review of pupils' progress. Specific consideration is given to reviewing the progress of pupils in Year 5, before their transfer to secondary school.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

The ARP works with Therapists from the NHS Education OT team.  They will assess and manage interventions for the pupils, who have OT identified as a provision in their EHCP. All children are assessed and provided with an individual programme of OT that will support their gross and fine motor skills.  Many of our children are also provided with a sensory programme to further support their sensory needs that are linked to their diagnosis of Autism.

Assessment

The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is used to access the attainment of the youngest ARP pupils.  Our KS1 and KS2 children are assessed using the National Curriculum.  They are assessed using standardised testing. 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. Email or Home/school communication books provide 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 call or email their class teacher if they have any questions.

Transition
Transitions into the ARP are personalised to each child.  The ARP lead and their new class teacher will visit your child in their current school to meet and observe them.  They will speak to the adults working with your child and create a transition plan that will best support the change that your child will be experiencing.  

Name of our ARP Lead:

Miss Adriana Verrecchia
Telephone: 020 8679 3707
Email: a.verrecchia@harrisprimarymerton.org.uk
Address: Harris Primary Academy Merton, Abbotts Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 1JW

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