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09/07/20

Zoom links are being sent out to parents for tomorrow's meet the teacher. The information will also be posted in your class team!

09/07/20

Meet the teacher video links will be sent out over the next few days. We can't wait to say hello! https://t.co/q1dVevunnN

08/07/20

We have loved seeing all our learners accessing the online classrooms via Teams this week! If you still need your login, please email info.org.uk

08/07/20

Techmums is a charity that has moved in Covid-lockdown from face-to-face support work to provide 8 short online learning modules for mums. The mini-modules help mums explore “at your own pace or with a group of friends or family members.”https://t.co/6liuITvKcC

07/07/20

Well done! https://t.co/VxF0SXVnUf

07/07/20

Mrs Nannery has been busy making displays! We love this one! https://t.co/ZCEmslIjeu

06/07/20

Retweetd From SWLSTG

Our Orchid Mental Health Emergency Service which was featured in the Channel 4 documentary 'A Day in the Life of Coronavirus Britain' has been commissioned for 3 more months. Find out more here https://t.co/ASapxTNHV6 https://t.co/uOPd9d8Bp1

04/07/20

Year 6 Parents - Miss V needs your help to make a leavers video for the children. As they were our first Y1, she's looking for photos of the children from Y1 to Y6. First days, Launch day photos, Carnival photos... send them to info.org.uk. Thanks!

03/07/20

Year 5 had a virtual geography lesson this afternoon! Well done each and every one of you! Remember to tell your friends if they haven't joined a session yet! https://t.co/b2bB44tPbk

02/07/20

That is lovely to hear :)

02/07/20

We shall see her at 2:30pm for the PM session!

02/07/20

That’s brilliant to hear! We’d love you back in class too A! https://t.co/Lq6LA0XaGB

02/07/20

Our virtual classrooms have started! After a few tech issues, all our teachers and children were able to see each other. Well done to everyone :D https://t.co/yeSX4P5QzQ

02/07/20

We loved seeing him too! https://t.co/QOAASNN0sF

02/07/20

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First day of learning via RR is so happy to see his classmates https://t.co/msEcIgxcs5

02/07/20

We can’t wait to see all our students via Teams this morning at 9:00. Remember if you have a sibling who needs to share your technology, you can access the later session at 2:30 :) https://t.co/BtO3MQ8MVC

01/07/20

Live teaching begins tomorrow for Years 2-5! Our teachers can’t wait to see all the children! First lesson is at 9:00.

30/06/20

Excellent workshop from to support with transition to Year 7. https://t.co/cQByFngwLW

30/06/20

Retweetd From Saira

Sofia made these cards for her neighbours! https://t.co/JxTgRnS6UI

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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, 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. 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