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Accessing a Mainstream Base (Also known as ARP or SEN Unit)

In Middlesbrough, we have various bases in mainstream settings which provide additional support for children and young people with special educational needs.  They are called either:

  • SEN Units  -  special provisions within a mainstream school where the children with a specific type of SEN are taught mainly within separate classes
  • Additionally Resourced Provisions are where places are reserved at a mainstream school for pupils with a specific type of SEN.  Pupils may be taught mainly within mainstream classes, but require support of a base and some specialist facilities around the school.

 The Local Authority has worked with the schools to describe the provision and the needs which are met in the settings concerned. You can view each guidance document in the righthand side of this page.

Children and young people are identified for possible consideration for a place by existing settings, educational psychologists or the SEN Assessment team, in consultation with parents/carers and young people.

On receiving an application, settings work with the LA through the ‘Place Planning’ process to establish which provider will be most appropriate to meet the need of the child.  A place in another SEN provision does not guarantee a place in one of these settings. Places are allocated on the basis of need.

Parents/carers are advised to contact SEN Assessment team on (01642) 201831 if they have any queries regarding this matter.

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