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Resource Base Provision - what is it?

The purpose of a resource base is to provide targeted educational support to children who present with special educational needs, which will enable them to make progress and achieve educational outcomes.

Resource Bases are usually attached to and are part of a mainstream school setting so that those children identified as benefitting from access to a resource base have access to a blended learning program that offers the opportunity to access a mainstream curriculum and classroom as well as targeted support. 

The mission of any resource base is to:

  • Increase access to mainstream classes over time
  • Support access to a curriculum that encourages joy, interest and curiosity and which promotes the development of communication and interaction skills
  • Supports the development of skills and strategies to manage social, emotional and mental health issues such as anxiety e.g. by use of self –regulation strategies
  • Promote participation in cognition and learning activities
  • Develop confidence emotional well-being and happiness in learning.

Hull City Council currently have a number of resource base provisions as listed below.

Bricknell Primary School became the first of its kind in the city to launch a new specialist resource provision, offering 10 pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), whose needs cannot be met in a mainstream school alone, the opportunity to learn among their peers.

The school, in partnership with Northcott Special School, has created specially adapted alternative classrooms, allowing children with ASD the opportunities to access mainstream learning with the added benefit of a resource base that provides extra support around the needs of each individual child.

It has been a resounding success and parents have praised the school for providing the extra support that their child needs.

This provision is now extended to children across the city so we take children from all areas.

The new provisions were made possible thanks to more than £1m worth of funding over three years awarded to Hull City Council from the DfE.

Due to its success, plans are now in place later this year to create additional places and improve facilities across mainstream schools in Hull for the benefit of pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.

Read more here in the Hull Daily Mail

Profile of needs of learners accessing the resource base

The ASC Resource Base at Broadacre Primary School caters for pupils of primary school age who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in place.

The identified primary area of need for these pupils is Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) or a social, communication disorder.

Our current cohort consists of Key Stage 2 pupils, with a primary need of Autistic Spectrum Condition including complex sensory processing difficulties and social, emotional and communication difficulties.

Content and focus of the curriculum

Set within a mainstream school, our ASC Resource Base provides specialist, blended learning opportunities, tailored to the individual needs of our pupils. The ASC Resource Base is an integral part of Broadacre Primary School and promotes a highly inclusive environment where all pupils, families and staff are respected as valued members of the school community. We work closely with parents, communicating via home school communication books, telephone calls or daily face to face contact.
We follow bespoke, personalised timetables to allow pupils to access the National Curriculum, whilst developing communication, social awareness and important life skills identified as needs in the pupils’ EHCP documents. EHCP documentation is at the heart of all planning. Sequences of lessons are planned to specifically meet individual needs to enable all pupils to reach their full potential and equip them with vital social and life skills.

Pupils are assigned to a class in the mainstream school, allowing them to access lessons and teaching, resources and friendships outside of the Resource Base. Our buddy system links pupils in the Resource Base with pupils in their classes to make transitions smoother. Pupils thrive academically, emotionally and socially through the blended learning opportunities.

The small, purposeful built environment provides support to empower independence and self-motivation within a nurturing, language and communication-rich setting. Our approaches to teaching and learning are underpinned by specialist autism strategies tailored to meet the individual learning needs and reduce barriers to learning.


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Springboard ASD Resource Base successfully opened its doors in September.  It is a ten place Resourced Base Provision for KS1 and KS2 pupils with a diagnosis of Autism. All pupils have an Educational and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and places are allocated by the Hull SEND team.  Within Springboard there are two classrooms, sensory room, relaxation area, quiet playground and garden area. 

The children from all over the city have settled well into life at Spring Cottage and have had enjoyable first term getting to know each other and their new school.  They have had fun being involved in a variety of aspects of school life such as completing sensory circuits, attending music lessons and friendship groups, baking, cooking, gardening and playing and learning with their mainstream peers both inside and outside the classroom. 

Outside agencies have commented how well the children have settled and how amazed they are at the positive interactions between the children and their new Springboard class.

2 children mixing with wooden spoon

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The Arc ASD/SEMH Resource Base successfully opened its doors in September 2020.  It is a six place Resourced Base Provision for  pupils with a diagnosis of Autism who also may have identified SEMH needs. All pupils have an Educational and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and places are allocated by the Hull SEND team.  Within The Arc there is one classroom with breakout areas, a sensory room, a chill out room and a well-developed outdoor learning and play area. 

Children from across the city have transitioned really well into The Arc and life at Wansbeck Primary School even through the challenging times we currently face. They have made some lovely new friends and have settled into the routine that the base is built on. The children work on a bespoke curriculum designed to meet their needs.  The curriculum involves their own personal interests alongside the learning of basic skills and is shaped around the schools key drivers of academic, social and emotional development. They also work on individual programs and work through units to gain accreditation by AQA in such areas as diversity, cooking, IT skills and gardening.  The children have lots of fun throughout their learning and as the provision meets their own individual needs feelings of anxiety and frustration that can occur through the inability to communicate are reduced. The Arc is a safe, welcoming and happy place to be for all of the staff and children within the classroom. 

Access to a Resource Base

All children attending a resource base will have an Education Health and Care plan, and access will be managed by the local authority as part of the statutory education, health and care plan pathway and school consultation with the mainstream school. Where a school responds positively to a school consultation and a placement is agreed, the local authority will name the mainstream school in section I of the EHC plan, with access to the resource base being detailed in section F of the EHC plan.

For further information please contact Hull City Council SEND Assessment & Review Team:

Telephone - 01482 616 007  Email -  SEND@hullcc.gov.uk

Address - SEND Assessment & Review Team, Brunswick House, Strand Close, Hull, HU2 9DB

Last updated: 11/18/2021

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