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Additional Autism Resourced Provision (ARP) - Primary and Secondary Schools

Hackney Education,
1 Reading Lane,
E8 1GQ
Telephone: 0208 820 7000 / option 4


What is autism resourced provision? 

Most children on the Autistic Spectrum will be supported within mainstream schools.

If you have questions or concerns do talk to your class teacher or school SENCO about your child’s needs.

Some children with higher levels of need may be able to access specialist autism provision at the schools below.

Children may be able to access this provision if they have a Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, and autism is described as their primary need.

In the past, these autism resource provisions (ARPs) have been known as autism bases.

There are four primary schools and one secondary school that have additional specialist provision for children with autism in Hackney. These are:

Working closely with parents

Once your child has been given a place, there will be a thorough transition, in liaison with yourselves as parents and with professionals working with your child.

The schools work in close liaison with parents, often with daily contact.  For parents who bring and collect their child, there may be face to face meetings. 

For those who travel on the school bus the contact may be through Home - School Books, phone and email. 

Parents are encouraged to attend school parent’s evenings with their child’s class teacher and staff from the school's ARP to discuss progress.


Parents who need transport can apply to Hackney SEND Travel Assistance Service

What your child will study

All pupils in the Autism Resource Provision (ARP) have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated where appropriate based on thorough on-going assessment incorporating P-levels, National Curriculum Targets and Early Learning Goals alongside SCERTS targets. As well as learning in class, pupils in the ARP take part in a varied programme which may include community visits, swimming sessions or even horse riding.  They aim to engage pupils in exciting and engaging learning opportunities that are based around their interests using specific autism supports to ensure that each individual makes progress.

Setting targets/Individual Education Plans (IEP)

Personalised (or IEP) targets are set and reviewed 3 times a year in discussion with you and include learning goals for your child in reading, writing, mathematics as well as Autism specific skills, such as Communication and Interaction, increasing flexibility, and understanding feelings and behaviour.

Different approaches to autism

No one single autism programme or approach is followed: they may use TEACCH, SCERTS, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Intensive Interaction, Makaton, Positive Behaviour support strategies, Social Stories, Social Safety training, life and independence skills training depending on the needs of each individual.

Hackney Learning Trust Position Statement: Approaches to Autism

Behaviour support

Schools behaviour policies are adapted within the ARP to support children with their Autism specific needs. Each pupil in the ARP will have a Behaviour Support Plan/Positive Management Plan to outline possible triggers for behaviour and consistent strategies to help them manage their behaviour more appropriately. This will be discussed and agreed with you as parents.

Support from specialist staff

Your child will be supported by a team including a specialist teacher, Speech & Language Therapist and specialist Learning Support Assistants. Additional support may be sought from outside agencies including Children’s Occupational Therapy and Educational Psychology Service.


Your child will be included in whole class trips, any lessons that are appropriate including PE, music, ICT. They facilitate interaction with peers and wherever possible find opportunities for inclusion at a pace appropriate for each individual.

For more detailed information please contact the Autism Resource Provision lead at the Schools.

Record Last Updated on: 16/09/2020

Other Details

Who is eligible?

  • Education Health Care (EHC) Plan for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
  • Has the annual review been held?
  • Have the parents/carers visited ARP's?
  • Have parents signed the application form?

Referral required?


Referral Details

Guidance and referral forms available from the download section.  

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have any feedback for schools talk it through with your child's class teacher or SENCO.  If you are not happy with their response and wish to make a formal complaint.  Schools processes for making a complaint can be found on the schools own website or requested from the school's office. 

More information on school complaints can be found on the Hackney Education website here – Schools Complaints Procedure

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Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

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