The Additional Resourced Provision for children with Moderate Learning Difficulties was opened at Earlsmead in September 2015. This provision is at the heart of our inclusive ethos here at Earlsmead and offers integrated teaching and support for up to 12 children with moderate learning difficulties.
All children accessing the provision will have Statements of Educational Need or Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs). Children are taught within the resource base (known within the school as Saplings) in the mornings and are integrated with their mainstream class in the afternoons. This enables them to receive highly individualised specialist teaching for literacy, numeracy, speech and language and any other additional needs (such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy) in the mornings, while being able to integrate with mainstream peers whenever possible for other subject areas. Saplings children are also fully involved in all aspects of school life. For example, they participate in class assemblies, educational trips, workshops, PE lessons, ICT lessons and swimming lessons alongside their mainstream friends.
If you would like to know more about the work of the ARP, please contact the Deputy Head for Inclusion at the school. If you are interested in a placement for your child within the ARP, in the first instance please contact SENARs at Harrow to discuss your child's needs.
What OFSTED said about the ARP in July, 2016:
"... pupils in the ‘saplings class’ resource provision receive individualised targeted support to develop their skills and understanding ... teaching assistants interact well with those pupils who have special education needs and/or disabilities, so that their needs are met and they progress in their communication, social and learning skills."
"... pupils who attend the ‘saplings class’ make steady progress from their individual starting points. During the inspection, these pupils demonstrated effective social skills and they improve their reading and writing over time. They progress at a similar rate to their peers across the school...".