Brunel Academies Trust


Welcome to ARC

What ARC offers?

ARC offers an enhanced programme of social communication and therapeutic learning activities delivered by an experienced team of ARC staff for Children and Young People (CYP) between the ages of 4 and 19. These will be CYP with a core difficulty around social communication and interaction (SCID), who may or may not have a diagnosis of Autism. The CYP may be on a reduced timetable, undergoing gradual integration/re-integration to school. The CYP may find accessing or functioning in lessons tricky, or perhaps at risk of exclusion. Our aim is to support schools in the ability to meet the CYP’s needs and positively work on maintaining a successful learning placement.

The concept of an ARC intervention has developed and grown steadily over the last few years. We offer the following programmes:

  • ARC sessions: KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4 A programme of social communication and therapeutic learning skills delivered by experienced ARC workers held at the Headlands Grove site.ARC Sparkle:
  • ARC Outreach : KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4 A programme of Structured Teaching, Therapy, Social and Communication skills delivered by an experienced ARC worker at the CYP’s school. ARC staff will model strategies and approaches that can be adopted by the CYP’s TA and other staff.
  • ARC Group Outreach: KS2/KS3/KS4 Communication skills, thinking skills, social engagement, social tolerance. Support CYP with learning coping strategies to enable them to manage better in a school setting. Delivered in school by a specialist ARC worker with a member of the school staff joining the group for the 1-hour session, to deliver the most effective and relevant support.
  • BASIS Bespoke packages: KS1/KS2/KS3 An individualised and personal programme of support completely designed around the CYPs needs. This can be offered in a range of locations to suit the individual. It is an alternative way of supporting an individual.
  • ARC Afterschool Groups:

ARC Sparkle: KS2: social communication skills. Held at Headlands Grove site.

ARC Liberty: KS3/4: social communication skills. Held at Headlands Grove site.

What sorts of reasons might there be to refer a child to ARC?

  • Management of anxiety
  • Overwhelmed in a busy environment.
  • Support with transition/support for re-integration.
  • Struggling with social situations.
  • Support for an EHCP outcome.
  • Risk of exclusion where school/setting staff and parents are looking to be proactive in managing difficult times.
  • Specialist support of early communication skills.
  • Emotional literacy support.
  • Support with social and communication skills.