A new provision for children with special educational needs – the first of its kind in Hull – has opened at Bricknell Primary School.
And the provision could be replicated at other schools across the city.
It allows children with autism to learn at mainstream schools, while having support for their specialist needs.
Already, nine children with autism benefit from the provision at Bricknell Primary School.
And plans are being developed to see the new approach rolled out in schools across the city from September.
The provision, referred to as an integrated resourced provision, has been developed at Bricknell School in partnership with Northcott Special School.
It has seen an experienced ASD (autism spectrum disorder) teacher join from Northcott and work with Bricknell to create the specially adapted base with two classrooms, sensory and relaxation room and purpose-built outdoor space.
Councillor Peter Clark, portfolio holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children, said: “This new provision at Bricknell Primary School allows pupils to integrate into a mainstream context and access the mainstream curriculum with their peers but also receive the extra support they require to help them achieve their very best.
“There are so many benefits to this approach and, due to the initial success, there are plans to develop more of this type of resource provision in Hull schools.”
Each child in the provision has the opportunity to access mainstream learning whenever possible to support them to develop social and peer relationships.
Hull City Council has provided £1,187,000 funding from the Department of Education over three years for the project.
The provision at Brickell Primary School can be considered for children across the city who have an education, health and care plan and who need specialist provision. Places are allocated by the Hull City Council SEN service in consultation with the school.