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Specialist Provision

Specialist level

“Children needing specialist provision are identified as having needs over and above those that can be met at a universal and targeted level. This group of children will need joined up, multi-disciplinary support; access to settings and schools in which appropriate support and learning opportunities can be provided; access to a range of specialist interventions and specific specialist support for their parents.”

(Jordan and Thomas 2010, page 7)

Examples of specialist provision in Worcestershire include:

  • Nursery language provision - Specialist nursery classes make provision on a part-time basis for pre-school children
  • Portage
  • A range of mainstream resourced provision including language classes, mainstream autism bases
  • Nurture Groups offer support for children's positive emotional, social and cognitive development.
  • Identification, assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder through pre-school and school age Communication and Social Behaviour Assessment Teams (CASBAT).

Mainstream Resourced provision

At present, there are mainstream language classes and autism bases across the county covering Primary and Secondary age groups.  Their aim is to provide high quality specialist provision within a mainstream school for children with specific language difficulties (Language Classes) and autism spectrum disorders (Autism Bases). The ultimate aim is that the children will be included in their mainstream classes (with varying levels of support) enabling access to a full and varied curriculum.

The philosophy is that each child should have every opportunity to play a full part in a mainstream school. Currently, placement is through the statutory assessment process and Statement of Special Educational Need.

At the time of writing, a review of all additionally resourced provision has begun in Worcestershire.

© Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.

Further Information

In this section


Within the SLCN Pathway :

  • The use of child/children refers to children and young people
  • The use of setting includes childminders, children's centres, nurseries, pre-schools, schools.
  • The use of parents refers to parents and carers.

More Information

See also in our website

External websites

  • Hello Campaign
    Here you will find what the Hello campaign is all about
  • Speech, Language and Communication Framework The SLCF lists all the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children needs to know to support the communication development
  • Language for Learning
    Provides courses and resources for staff from Early Years to Secondary Level and training and materials for trainers to deliver these courses within their own Authorities
  • The National Strategies
    Information from the Department for Education (DfE)

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This page was last reviewed 23 April 2013 at 14:20.
The page is next due for review 20 October 2014.