Specialist ASC Provision within ‘Silver Block’
The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College have developed a Specialist Resource for Students with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). It is the third of its kind in the Swindon Borough. The Provision is based within a purpose built ‘Silver Block’ within the school.
The Silver Block has room for 20 students (4 per year) in Key Stage 3 and 4. The Silver Block offers a benefit to the mainstream school as it boosts knowledge and understanding of special needs and disabilities within the school community.
The Silver Block is designed so that the students will be able to satelite out from in order to access the mainstream school. The Silver Block will act as a fall back when school life causes anxiety or stress or an area for 1-2-1 and group work.
The Silver Block offers a personalised and individualised educational programme met within a mainstream setting. Social communication and interaction needs are met with 1-2-1 sessions, support in class, social experiences and a counsellor to meet objectives of each students statements.
Students are collapsed off of the timetable on a Wednesday afternoon for activities with a lower academic demand but balance with a higher social demand. These include activities on and off the school site.
During these activities trusted adults support the students to lower anxiety around an enriching and novel experience. This develops social interaction and communication within the known group in a range of settings. This makes other experiences less daunting and stretches flexibility of mind sets.
Fridays afternoons are also used as a motivational hour to reward students when their individual targets are met.
Diagram Below shows visually how often students are regularly withdrawn for group activities.
The approach in the setting is needs led; this provides clear guidance for all students, with explicit expectations that are being made to them, within the supportive structure of the SRP.
A placement within the Silver Block is decided by the local educational authority.