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Mainstream Schools with a Resource Base Provision

What is a Designated Resource Base?

A Designated Resourced Provision (DRP) in a mainstream school is a separately resourced provision set up within a mainstream school with its own admission number and admission criteria. It is “Designated” because it is for children and young people with a specifically designated special need. For example Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Speech Language and/or Communication Needs

How big is it?

Sizes vary, but typically 15 pupils usually evenly spread across the year groups.

What are the admissions criteria for a Resourced Base (RB)?

Children and young people will have an EHC Plan, with the designated area of need of the Resource base as their primary need. Their needs will fall into the criteria set out in the Area of Need and Area Settings Table document at this link. The target for all pupils in resourced bases is maximum personalised inclusion through increased self-management.

How is an RB funded?

The school is funded specifically for the RB to enable it to employ the specialist staff to lead it, provide the specialist staff, and to provide the necessary educational resources.

How is an RB different from a Special School?

The young people in an RB will be those who have a significant chance to eventually be able to function as independent or mainly independent adults. They will acquire the skills to learn alongside other children and young people in mainstream settings. Their academic potential should mean that they may be able to find employment in an appropriate environment.

An RB is “grown” not filled instantly.

When pupils and young people first enter an RB they may need to spend significant time in the base as they acclimatise and learn strategies to manage and learn in a mainstream school. As they acquire skills they will spend more time included in mainstream classes and school activities in their widest sense, and register with a mainstream tutor group. For this reason the base is unlikely to need to accommodate all 15 pupils at any one time. On the other hand small spaces will be required for very small numbers and1:1 working.

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