Marden Vale Resource Base
Our Complex Needs Resource Base caters for the needs of small groups, currently our KS2 room has 9 pupils and the KS1 room has 7. The Base is managed and overseen by the SENCO and Resource Base Manager and pupils are supported individually by experienced and trained Learning Support Assistants who support pupils to develop all aspects of their learning within a caring and protective environment. Marden Vale is an inclusive school and all pupils that are attached to the Base are assigned to a mainstream class which they attend with the support of a one-to-one LSA; wherever possible pupils are integrated into mainstream so that they can have full access to all learning and opportunities. The curriculum is taught at a level and pace appropriate to the children’s complex learning needs, with an emphasis on basic literacy, numeracy and social skills. Additional activities range from farm management visits to specialist football skills coaching and gardening club. Strengths are built upon and difficulties are addressed through group work and individual learning programmes. Their learning levels range from P3 to 2a, with the majority of pupils working at around two to three years below their ARE. In addition they are all statemented for a specific need such as Emotional needs, ASD, global delay, ADHD etc.
Children feel secure and motivated, within the environment and where expected standards of behaviour are made clear. The staff work hard to develop each child’s self-esteem and their understanding of trust, respect and consideration for each other’s points of view. Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and behaviour, and move towards independence and self-reliance wherever possible.
We work alongside a number of external agencies who offer and share their knowledge and expertise with staff. We have support from Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Physiotherapists and the Behaviour Support Team, among others.
It is key to each child’s education and success to have a strong home-school relationship and each child has their own home/school book in which staff and parents can share information about the children. In addition staff across the base liaise with parents daily and make themselves available before and after school.