Criteria for Admission to and Exit from Additionally Resourced Provision in Mainstream Schools for Children with Physical Disability
Additionally Resources Provision (ARP) in mainstream schools aims to support the development of children with physical disability by providing specialist provision within a mainstream school.
ARP in mainstream schools for children with physical disability supports individuals through:
All of the above is with the aim to support individuals in accessing mainstream inclusion. ARP should not be seen as a class in itself but the mechanism to supporting access to mainstream classes and inclusion with peers.
Pupils will be expected to access the mainstream curriculum. It may be that the National Curriculum requires modification and differentiation.
An ARP placement is reviewed annually. The appropriateness of the placement must be considered at each Annual Review of the EHCP.
If a child’s physical disability is a barrier to learning, then an ARP placement may be considered. Placement of the child in the ARP should not result in any significant Health and Safety risks.
A child is eligible to be offered an ARP placement if they meet ALL of the following criteria. The nearest appropriate ARP with an available place will be considered first.
In exceptional cases a child, who does not fully meet the criteria, may be considered for an ARP placement. Individual cases will be discussed by a panel and in such cases the final decision will rest with the Local Authority who will explain the basis for such a decision.
Placement in one ARP does not guarantee automatic transition to another. The entry/exit criteria in this document will be considered at each Annual Review of the child’s EHCP.
A child will be considered for full-time mainstream provision (which may include varying levels of additional support) when:
Special school or alternative provision will be considered when:
Procedure for Placement
Requests for an ARP placement will be considered by the Provision Panel.
If the panel considers that the child meets the criteria for a place, an application will be made to the nearest provision to the home address with an available place. Should parents state a preference for a place which is not at the nearest available school, parents would be responsible for the home to school transport.
The school receiving the application will respond to the Local Authority indicating if they feel that they can meet the pupil’s needs as per Schedule 27. Schedule 27 of the Education Act 1996 requires the LA to comply with parental preference unless:
In consideration of a parental request for a placement the LA must consider the entry criteria.