Imperial Avenue Infant School

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Designated Specialist Provision

Imperial Avenue Infant School – Designated Specialist Provision


Staff in the DSP


Miss C Robinson – Teacher

Miss N Gutteridge – Level 3 TA

Miss T Staple – Level 2 TA

Designation – Communication and interaction needs

Age range – 3- 7yrs (F1 to Yr2)

Available Spaces 10


Aims and Purpose of the DSP

  • Provide children with specialist teaching targeted at those with communication and interaction difficulties
  • Provide a structured and supported environment where the children feel secure, develop confidence and reach their full potential
  • Provide a curriculum that meets individualised children’s needs using a wide range of teaching methods and strategies
  • Provide opportunities for individualised intervention groups or 1 to 1 sessions
  • Allow children to join their peers in their class age range for specific lesson where appropriate
  • To work in close partnership with parents, carers and other professionals


Admission criteria

The DSP is for children who may already have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or be undergoing assessments to apply for one, which details the need for communication and Interaction. Included in this criterion are children with

  • Interaction difficulties
  • Communication difficulties
  • Children on or diagnosed on the ASD pathway
  • Sensory processing difficulties

Admissions will not be decided by the school. Children requiring a place will have to do so through SES admissions route and through their EHCP meetings. Children who gain a place will mostly be from Leicester City or Leicestershire.

The DSP is unable to cater for children with complex physical and medical needs. 


Provision and Facilities

The DSP caters for 10 children across early years and into key stage 1.  Most children will have an EHCP but we do have spaces for assessment of children who have communication and interaction needs. The DSP base has a large teaching area, a kitchen area, a changing and toileting area and a multi-sensory room.


Home to school transport.

If needed, transport will be provided in accordance with the Local Authority SEND transport policy.


Identifying and reviewing Need

The DSP will operate within the framework of the revised SEND code of practise 2014 and Local Authority Guidance. All children with an EHCP will have individualised targets. Progress towards these targets will be continually monitored. They are formally reviewed 3 times a year (once will be at the annual EHCP review process) with parents/carers. At these meetings, new targets may be set in collaboration with professionals, parents/carers and the child where appropriate. Children’s targets will be communicated with all professionals involved with the child.

Children may also undergo other formal and informal assessments, where appropriate, by the DSP staff team, SENCO and other agencies.


Access to other curriculum areas and strengths for the individualised child

We see inclusion as a strength in our school. The DSP is a valued and integrated part of the Imperial Avenue Infant School community.  Children will have specific lessons in the DSP but will then have lessons, where children have strengths, in the school with their peers in their year group. These lessons will be meet the requirements of the EYFS and National curriculum.  Children will receive the levels of support needed to enable them to progress within the mainstream environment. This will ensure that the individual needs of the children are met.  The curriculum will reflect the needs of the children and provide them with focused and meaningful learning which addresses the social, communication and interaction needs for each child.


Home school links

Parent/carers are actively encouraged to be involved with all aspects of their child’s education. Parents evening are held twice a year (October and February), EHCP reviews are held yearly but targets reviewed three times a year. Parents/ carers are welcome in school at any time.  Appointments can be made via the school office to arrange a meeting with the teacher at their convenience.

All children will have a home school book that will share information on a daily basis.  Children will be set homework.

Link Beyond School

Staff will have access to training and a full range of service from the Local Authority and Specialist Education Service (SES). We are also to be linked with a specialist provision locally soon to be confirmed.