The Pears Special Resource Provision (PSRP) is an additionally resourced provision within JCoSS, offering up to fifty places (approximately seven per year) for pupils with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC). Norwood is our lead partner in establishing and further developing the PSRP, and has helped JCoSS to recruit its Director, as well as fund the Deputy Director post, advise on curriculum, pastoral and support matters.
The Pears Special Resource Provision is supported by Pears Foundation, a British-based family foundation rooted in Jewish values whose work is concerned with identity and citizenship.
The number of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions has risen considerably over the past decades and there are insufficient specialist school places to meet the needs of these children.
JCoSS’s PSRP is a unique resource within the Jewish community aimed at meeting the increased demand in the diagnosis of ASC. Each student in the PSRP has different needs which are met on an individualised basis with an Individual Learning Plan. Integration of teaching and other school activities is undertaken where it is appropriate and helpful to both the students in the PSRP and the mainstream school. Areas might include: music, art, sports, religious activities, etc. We have the capacity to provide both integrated and separated, specialist education.
The Pears Special Resource Provision takes pupils in line with the opening of the mainstream school – i.e. starting with 11 year olds in the first year – so that the students in the PSRP can be integrated with same-aged students in the mainstream school, where appropriate.
The admissions policy for the PSRP is different from that for the mainstream school. The admissions authority for the PSRP is Barnet Local Authority and not JCoSS. Priority is given to those children whose special needs are best served by the provisions we can offer, as set out in their statement of special needs.
The Pears Special Resource Provision – How We Work
The PSRP provides an education for children with autistic spectrum conditions in a safe, secure Jewish environment. There are 7 places in each year group and admissions are managed by the London Borough of Barnet. The PSRP provides for children of all faiths and none.
JCoSS is a Jewish voluntary-aided school with 180 students in each year plus 7 in the PSRP. JCoSS is a pluralist Jewish school in which the full range of practices and beliefs within the Jewish community are learnt, taught and celebrated. Families of students in the PSRP respect the ethos of a Jewish school where students study Hebrew and Jewish Education. The Jewish year, Jewish lifecycles and Jewish spirituality are an intrinsic part of the JCoSS experience.
As is common with most voluntary-aided schools, parents are requested to make a voluntary contribution to cover security and the Jewish ethos, neither of which is funded by local or national government
THE PSRP THERAPY TEAM
Who are we and what do we do?
The therapy team provides Speech and Language Therapy, Music Therapy and Occupational Therapy. We work within the PSRP, and across the whole school, to support students from the resource achieve their potential, and to help staff work effectively with them.
The role of the Therapy Team
- Informal assessment of all new students
- Liaison with previous therapists and other healthcare professionals
- Onward referral as necessary
- Formal assessment and reports for annual reviews
- Input into IEP targets
- Training to staff across the school
- Strategies to support students within the PSRP and in mainstream lessons
- Group facilitation/skills-sharing for parents
- Direct therapy both in groups, pairs and occasionally individually
We aim to offer an innovative and dynamic service that responds to the diverse needs of the students within the resource.
Areas we work on
- Social interaction skills – taking turns, understanding different points of view, developing listening skills and empathy etc.
- Understanding of Language – in particular understanding abstract concepts, idiom, ambiguous language and understanding emotions.
- Vocabulary Development – supporting vocabulary linked to the curriculum and developing understanding of the language of emotions.
- Expressive Language – using language appropriate to the context, staying on topic, talking about feelings etc.
- Emotional Wellbeing – developing a sense of self, supporting interests and relationships, exploring areas of anxiety
- Motor Skills – gross and fine motor to support posture and handwriting, physical activities and sports.
- Organisation Skills – teaching effective strategies to increase independence in daily activities and in academic tasks.
- Sensory Integration – to indentify sensory difficulties, strategies to reduce their impact and therapy to target specific issues.
We offer the opportunity for multi-disciplinary intervention, with different therapists, teaching staff and support staff working together to provide the optimum support for our students.
We provide therapy in a social context (paired or group work) wherever possible; in order to target the social interaction needs of our students. Individual work is offered when necessary for specific needs.
A class group may be lead by a therapist or run jointly by a therapist and a teacher. These help students use their communication strengths with a number of different adults and with their friends. It can also help them practise skills in the smaller environment of the PSRP, which they may then be using during mainstream lessons.
Small Groups or Pairs
A particular pair or group of students may be selected because they have similar areas of need. These can be targeted in the classroom or in one of our specialist therapy rooms.
This may be offered occasionally for assessment, developing a new skill, exploring an individual’s behaviour or anxieties or using a specific technique e.g. social stories.
The Therapy Team can be contacted on 0208 344 2220
We are committed to working closely with parents/guardians. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
Please note, as we are all part time, you may not be able to speak to us in person straight away, but please do leave a message and we will get back to you.