The Discovery/STAR classes are our Specialist Provision Centres (SPC) for pupils identified as having complex additional learning needs. We have two specialist provision centres - one on each site; 'STAR' in the Infant building and 'Discovery' in the Junior building
The SPCs have small numbers of pupils and are staffed with a teacher (Mrs Makin) with additional support provided by a number of Senior Education Support Officers and Education Support Officers. The service is managed overall by our Specialist Provision Manager, Mrs Royle.
Pupils in the SPCs generally require a teaching and learning approach which is different or extra to mainstream because of the degree of learning difficulties which the pupils experience. This may include, for example, a higher ratio of pupil to adult support, a smaller group size, specialist strategies and approaches, with an adapted timetable. In the SPCs, the curriculum is delivered using this individualised approach. Pupils who attend specialist provision are very much part of the wider school community and join their peers for some lessons, playtimes, lunches and assemblies. Many pupils also spend time in mainstream classes at times during the week, with staff working closely together to ensure this is successful. Likewise, staff in specialist provision enjoy working with parents and a wide range of outside agencies in order to support and further pupil learning.