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Specially Resourced Provisions & SEN Units

Specially Resourced Provision in Bracknell Forest


DfE in ‘School census – guide for schools and local authorities’, 2017/18 has the following descriptions:

Specially resourced provisions:
Resourced provisions are where places are reserved at a mainstream school for
pupils with a specific type of SEN, taught mainly within mainstream classes, but
requiring a base and some specialist facilities around the school. They are usually for
pupils with EHC plans but could include pupils with SEN support.

SEN Units:
SEN Units are special provisions within a mainstream school where children with SEN
are taught mainly within separate classes. They cater for a specific type or types of
SEN (e.g. ASD) and are usually for pupils with an EHC plan.

Main differences & expectations:

Specially Resourced Provision

SEN Unit

Pupils spend at least 50% of their time in mainstream classes (with support, as required)

Pupils spend most of their time in the Unit, joining mainstream peers for some aspects of school life e.g. assembly or PE, depending on needs

Pupils admitted to SRPs will have a level of SEN need which requires additional support to that available in the mainstream setting

Pupils admitted to SEN Units will have complex levels of need that cannot be addressed solely in the mainstream setting

These are mainstream provisions with some additional resources for a particular type of SEN (e.g. ASD)

These are specialist provisions for a particular type of SEN within a mainstream school

They are not special provision and can be described as mainstream schools with a specialism

SEN Units usually have no separate legal entity


Who to contact

01344 354039

Other Details

Last Update: 30/06/2021

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