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Welcome to the Special Provision!

The Beacon Academy is very proud of its Special Needs Provision, in particular the Special Provision Unit attached to the school specifically for children who have moderate learning difficulties (MLD). We can cater for up to 30 children with Moderate Learning difficulties, divided into 3 key phases. 

Thank you!

Thank you to the parents who attended the coffee morning, it was lovely to meet you all. This was a great opportunity to meet with Unit staff, the School Nurse (Christine Clark) and our Family Outreach Worker (Sally Fox)

Our Dungeons and dragons afternoon was well attended .The children enjoyed sharing their stories,Golden time and a birthday celebration with you. It was great to have such enthusiastic artists

The classes in our Specialist Provision:

The youngest children in the unit are accommodated within the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One and we have a fully inclusive policy. All of the children are monitored by the SENDCo, the teachers of the Specialist Provision classes are:

Lessons are inclusive and very carefully tailored to the needs of the children within it in addition to learning on learning and catering to our pupil's special needs.    Children have the chance to swim every week from the Foundation Stage.  All children are encouraged to participate weekly. 

The children are taught within the cross curricular theme of the mainstream Year 3/4 classes so that we can promote inclusivity.

The oldest children in the Specialist Provision are taught by Mrs Alison Cross.  Again, the cross curricular links are made with the Year 5/6 mainstream classes in order for the lessons to promote inclusion with the mainstream classes.  

Whilst some of our children are local, we also have children from across the county who receive Local Authority transport to travel to school.

The teachers in the Specialist Provision are supported by an outstanding team of Teaching Assistants, some are assigned to individual children, whilst others support groups of children, taking an active role in the planning and delivery of additional services.

The staff are trained regularly in policies and procedures necessary and essential for working with children with additional needs.  Each classroom is well resourced and well organised to help provide our pupils with a happy and safe learning environment.  

The staff in the Specialist Provision work closely with a range of Specialist Services to ensure the best provision for children with special needs.  These include Autism Outreach, Vision and Hearing Impaired, Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapists and the School Nurse Services.  As well as this, we enjoy close links with the onsite Nursery and other local specialised settings, in addition to the mainstream school.

Our pupils enjoy a broad and balanced cross curricular and inclusive curriculum. We meet the needs of the individual students by adapting lessons to suit their individual education plans, and ensure the content of the lessons is accessible to all our students.

How to apply for a place within the Specialist Provision:

If you have a child with a statement for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, or EHC Plan, specific to Moderate Learning, you would be welcome to come and have a look at our facilities and meet with Mrs Chapman.  We encourage all parents to visit the Specialist Provision prior to naming our Academy for your child's Statement/EHC provision. 

This will make sure that you have made the right decision for your child and in addition will have given you the chance to ask all of the questions that you need prior to making this decision.

If your child is currently in the specialist placement at the Nursery, the staff at the Centre will provide a full transition for your child.

We can be flexible to starting needs of your child, often children begin with part time and build up to full time when both school and home believe that your child is ready to make the transition.  It is very important for us that the move into our Specialist Provision is a smooth and happy one. 

We are sure that when you chose our placement that you will not be disappointed.  We look forward to meeting with you soon.