Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

Traditional, Inclusive, Supportive

Autism Base

Who attends the Autism Base?

  • Children/young people who have a diagnosis of Autism
  • Children/young people who are likely to have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan, but this is not necessary for placement
  • Children/young people who have tried a range of support strategies but more specialist support is required
  • Children/young people will be included in mainstream school lessons and events

 How are children admitted to the Autism Base?

  • The school/setting where the child/young person attends will make a referral to the Autism Bases Admission Panel
  • There will be professional reports in support of the application
  • The Admissions Panel meets every half term
  • Parents and Carers will visit the Autism Base
  • Autism Base staff will meet the child/young person and may observe them at their school/setting.
  • Parents and Carers must be involved in discussions and agree to the placement
  • Placements to the Autism Base are permanent and the pupils are on roll at the Autism Base School/Academy

 Who are the staff in the Autism Base?

  • There are two qualified teachers, two higher level teaching assistants and five teaching assistants
  • Staff in the base are trained and experienced in working with children and young people with Autism

What is provided at the Autism Base?

  • An individualised support package
  • All children will have a full-time timetable in line with the main school day
  • A space which is just for members of the base
  • Resources and equipment
  • Close liaison between home and school
  • Support throughout the school day as needed
  • Access to specialist support professionals including an Educational Psychologist
  • Supervision during breaks and lunchtimes
  • Parents and Carers are closely involved in planning and reviewing their children’s learning


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