Specialist Provisions at Riverside:
Visual Impairment (VI) Provision & Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Provision
Our school benefits from encompassing a long-established provision for children who are visually impaired. The VI Provision accepts children who have Statements of Special Educational Need, who are blind or partially sighted, from Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 2. All members of staff are trained to modify and adapt teaching materials and specialist equipment is available so that these children can be fully included in our mainstream classes.
Following on from the success of our VI Provision, our new provision for children with mild forms of Autism was opened in September 2010. Prior to its opening, members of staff have undergone a programme of training to allowing them to work with children with Asperger’s Syndrome and other similar autistic conditions in the mainstream setting.
All children at Riverside benefit from the additional resources that have been made available through the two specialist provisions but, more importantly, children in the school have developed an awareness of disability and appreciate that, with the right adaptations, their disabled friends can work alongside them and make good progress.
Should you wish to learn more about either our VI or ASD Provisions, you are welcome to contact Mrs Ward, our Inclusion Manager.
You and your child may find the following information useful:
"My Autism and Me video"
A Children's Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR THE ASD BASE AT RIVERSIDE SCHOOL – A funded LA provision
- Referrals are from the Local Authority. The referrals are discussed between the Inclusion Manager at Riverside and Head of Marlborough Centre to ensure the most appropriate provision is offered for each child
- In agreement with the Governors, delegation of this decision is given to the Inclusion Manager
- All pupils will have a Statement of Educational Needs
- There must be a clear medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Primary need must clearly be ASD
- Pupil’s performance could range from P7 – Level 1 at KS 1 and P8 – Level 3 + at KS 2
- Pupils at a pre school age assessed to be working within the ‘broadly average range’
- Pupils will have the ability to verbally communicate without the need of communication aids, although may still need support and programmes devised by a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT), delivered by trained Learning & Teaching Assistants
- Pupils for whom their Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a significant barrier to their performance, and whose learning difficulties cannot be met entirely from resources available to and in a mainstream school.
REFUSAL OF ADMISSION