Development of specialist resource provision (SRP) for young people with social communication difficulties, including autism.
The needs of children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs are currently provided for by a pattern of SLCN bases attached to mainstream schools. This provision is not being fully utilised.
We have identiified an increasing number of pupils with speech, language and communication needs who have a broader and more complex level of need, including autism and social communication difficulties. Often these young people end up in special school, when they should have been better supported to access a mainstream curriculum instead.
These pupils need access to mainstream curriculum, balanced with a safe space to be in, where work can be done to support self-regulation and emotional wellbeing.
This has led to our proposal to develop SRP for children and young people with social communication needs, as well as a potential diagnosis of autism or a developmental language disorder that may impact on their skill in understanding and/or expressive language skills.
When will the SRPs be ready?