What is the Autism Resource Centre (ARC)?
The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) is a specialist secondary resourced provision to support students who are on the Autism Spectrum. A Resourced Provision provides additional specialist facilities on a mainstream school site for a small number of pupils
Resourced Provisions cater for pupils with EHCPs who need a mainstream curriculum, but have difficulties accessing mainstream lessons for reasons related to their Autism (such as sensory needs, restrictive or repetitive behaviours, social interaction and communication or their degree of developmental language disorder). They will require a specialist environment within a mainstream school to support their access to the curriculum and activities offered by the school.
Resourced Provisions are places reserved at a mainstream school for pupils whose primary need is Autism/DLD and who require adaptations to the environment in order to access the curriculum. Pupils learn within mainstream classes, but require a base offering more specialist support and facilities around the school.
Each student will have a bespoke programme to suit their needs. The aim for the students within the resource base is to access mainstream lessons as much as possible.
The ARC is open throughout the day including break and lunch time and students can access the ARC when they need it. Some students will have some lessons or form time in the ARC.