ARC - Communication Centre

Communication Centre Provision

Context:

Our ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) Communication Centre (CC) is a specialised provision for up to six children who have been recommended by a panel to have a smaller educational setting to meet their needs. It is provided by the Local Authority and is accessible for children from across the Newcastle Authority through an ARC (Additionally Resourced Centre) placement application . The small group setting of the Communication Centre is part of the mainstream school, this is to promote inclusivity and opportunities for re-integration into mainstream education. The aim of the Communication Centre is to provide a safe and happy environment where children are able to build positive relationships with staff and children, develop confidence in themselves and enjoy learning, seeing themselves as successful learners.  

The Communication Centre aims for every child to achieve their best and become confident individuals living fulfilling lives. They also aim for the children to make a successful transition into secondary education whether that is a Specialist setting or a mainstream school.

During the children’s time in the Communication Centre, we work with parents and other professionals to find an educational pathway within the Local Authority that best meets the children’s individual needs. After intense work and assessments in the Communication Centre, some children will successfully reintegrate back into a mainstream setting whilst others will be placed in a specialist setting or an alternative ARC that best meets their needs.