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Schools with specialist SEN provisions


Secondary Schools with SEND Provisions

Charters School

Main Specialism: Physical Difficulties

Provides a fully inclusive setting for physically disabled students to learn alongside their able bodied peers. We are very fortunate to have a Resource Unit as an integral part of our school which provides support for students with a wide range of physical disabilities including visual and hearing impairments.


Shine Team, Furze Platt Senior School

Main Specialism: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Shine ASD Resource Base supports secondary school aged pupils who have an Education Health and Care Plan and a diagnosis of Autism. The Shine Team also offers an education service which supports children in mainstream educational settings who have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Primary Schools with SEND Provisions​

​Riverside Primary School, Speech and Language Resource

Main Specialism: Speech and Language Difficulties

Riverside Primary School and Nursery has a Speech and Language (SPAL) Resource funded by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM). This is a 15-place resource and serves the whole of the borough. The SPAL Resource is an integral part of the school and provides high quality intensive speech and language therapy and specialist teaching and support for children who have specific language impairment. The SPAL Resource has access to 3 rooms and is staffed by an experienced team which includes speech therapists, speech and language teachers and specialist support assistants. Individual and small group therapy is delivered regularly.  Close liaison between the Speech and Language therapists and SPAL Resource teachers ensure that the support offered meets children’s individual needs. All staff meet regularly to discuss the children’s progress, receive on-going training and liaise with specialist services if required.

Most children within the SPAL Resource are taught within the resource in small groups for English and Mathematics by the speech and language teachers-in-charge.  They join their mainstream class for all other routines and lessons. Their inclusion in the mainstream classroom setting enables them to access the full curriculum as well as developing friendships.

Placement within the resource is determined by the Local Authority. Children must have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan with a primary difficulty of Speech and/or language impairment. The impairment may affect one or more of the following to a significant extent:

  • receptive language/comprehension;
  • expressive language, word finding and vocabulary; and
  • articulation and phonology.

Listening skills, pragmatic skills and social communication skills may also be affected in association with one or more of the above.In certain cases, the Local Authority may consider an assessment place with the agreement of the Headteacher and Speech and Language Resource teachers-in-charge at Riverside School.

​Wessex Primary School, Hearing Resource Base

Wessex Primary School provides an inclusive setting for hearing impaired children to learn alongside their hearing peers. We are very fortunate to have a Hearing Resource Base (HRB) as an integral part of our school which provides high quality specialist teaching for children who have a hearing impairment.  The school has a HRB in the Nursery, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and  currently accommodates a total of 14 children.

The hearing impaired children at Wessex Primary are taught using the auditory-oral approach. This means that we do not teach using sign language, the children are taught to use their hearing aids and their listening skills to help them communicate orally with others.  The classrooms are acoustically treated and we use an integrated soundfield system to help optimise the hearing of all our children.

The Resource Bases are staffed by qualified teachers of the deaf. In addition, working alongside the teachers are specialist support assistants and nursery nurses. All staff are made aware of current issues in deaf education through specialist courses and relevant literature as well as ongoing training. Our hearing impaired children are also supported by a range of appropriate specialist services, for example a Speech and Language Therapist.