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Autism Specialist Resource Base (SRB)

Specialist Resource Base - SRB


The SRB programme overview and further information about SRB’s can be found at:


Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Bases


‘The Autistic Spectrum Disorder Bases form part of the Specialist Resource Base (SRB) programme of additionally commissioned services funded by the local authority and delivered by Norfolk schools for learners with a high level special educational needs who are educated in mainstream schools. 

ASD bases offer long term provision only. They are specialist in nature and are accessed via county admissions processes, with the local authority retaining the placement decision-making responsibility’ (NCC)


Information about ASD Bases can be found at:


The above link contains further information on ASD Bases including:


  • Key Aim of the Service: ‘To provide high quality, long-term inclusive education for learners with ASD across the age-range appropriate to the school’
  • Where are the ASD Bases and what service is provided?
  • What is the ASD pupil profile?
  • What is the referral process?
  • What happens next?
  • Where can I go to for further information?

Autism SRB at Drake Primary School


The autism SRB at Drake Primary School is currently under development. 


The building work including refurbishment of existing classrooms is due to start in late 2022.  The 16 place autism SRB should be ready to open in mid 2023.


The vision of the autism SRB at Drake Primary School:


  • To be an integral part of an outstanding school and a centre of excellence for autistic children and children on the autism spectrum who, with support, can access opportunities in Primary mainstream education.
  • To be a base where autistic children and children on the autism spectrum are supported to learn strategies to overcome their lifelong, neuro developmental disability.  Focusing on communicating and interacting with and relating to others, and experiencing the diverse, real world around them.
  • To be an inspirational beacon of inclusion and equity.   


The autism SRB aims to provide:


  • a base where learning is developmental and visible and children are nurtured and safeguarded
  • a rigorous assessment system to ensure pupils are in the right place at the right time so that no pupil falls behind
  • a learning community where pupils, families and staff collaborate to refine practice, e.g. sharing ASD friendly approaches and coping strategies,  and develop positive and rewarding relationships
  • a workplace where staff contribute to professional learning communities


So the mission of the autism SRB is:


To give pupils strategies to:


  • access their mainstream class, as much as possible, and inspire their future aspirations
  • access a curriculum of joy and curiosity, and develop their communication and interaction skills by building on their engagement skills in exploration, realisation, anticipation, persistence and initiation and developing their attention and concentration  
  • cope with social, emotional and mental health issues such as anxiety e.g. by developing self-regulation
  • participate in physical and sensory activities and develop their happiness, health and well-being through play
  • participate in cognition and learning activities, develop reading for pleasure and participation in the arts


At Present (September 2022):


The 16 place autism SRB will not be open until 2023


Currently the autism SRB is going through a transition phase and will be relocated in 2023.


At the moment...


The autism SRB is called ‘Grandin’ Class, named after Mary Temple Grandin, Dr Grandin is an American professor, author and autism spokesperson.  Dr Grandin is an autistic adult.


  • The autism SRB caters for pupils ranging from Reception to Year 6.


  • All of the pupils have SEND and predominantly a diagnosis of autism and related conditions or are under assessment/investigation.


  • The autism SRB provides a calm and quiet space with routines, structures and visual supports that enable the pupils to attend to and concentrate on their learning and make progress towards their short term One Page Profile targets and their EHCP outcomes.


  • The autism SRB focuses on supporting the inclusion of the pupils in their mainstream classes for as much time as possible.


  • Within the autism SRB the pupils are supported by a class teacher, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and a Teaching Assistants.


  • Georgia Burke is the qualified SRB Lead and Grandin Class Teacher.  She has worked in SEND for over 7 years, with experience teaching and leading in mainstream, but primarily complex/special educational needs schools in London and Norfolk. All SRB staff have experience, are trained in or are actively engaged in continued professional development (CPD) related to working with autistic pupils.


  • The approaches taken in the autism SRB depend upon the individual pupils and their needs. Pupils may require a certain approach or a mixture of strategies to support their learning.


  • Through collaboration with pupils, families, and teachers and other professionals, rigorous assessment and approaches will be adapted to meet the needs of pupils.


Various interventions and strategies are used to:

  • engage pupils
  • improve and increase attention
  • develop self-regulation
  • encourage interaction
  • increase communication
  • develop vocabulary


In the SRB we:

  • have a flexible approach to teaching and adapt teaching, assessment and feedback to meet the needs of individuals
  • focus on individual’s interests and skills
  • celebrate difference, diversity and being special
  • strategically promote inclusion and support integration into the mainstream school 


Each pupil is:

  • included in mainstream school lessons and events, as much as possible and as much as their individual needs allow
  • supported throughout the school day as needed including supervision during breaks and lunchtimes
  • supported through close liaison between home and school where parents and carers are closely involved in planning and reviewing their children’s learning


Each pupil has access to:

  • a bespoke learning support package and a full-time individualised timetable in line with the mainstream school day
  • a calm, quiet environment and space which is just for members of the SRB, divided as necessary into work stations, small group areas etc.
  • resources and equipment to enable them to access and achieve in their learning and development e.g. visual supports
  • specialist support from professionals including Educational Psychologists


The Future (2023):


  • The ASD SRB at Drake Primary School will have 16 places for autistic children and be divided into 2 groups of 8 pupils:
  • ‘Grandin’, named after Temple Grandin, Dr Grandin is an American professor, author and autism spokesperson.  Dr Grandin is an autistic adult.
  • ‘Tajiri’, named after Satoshi Tajiri, the Japanese video game designer and the creator of Pokemon. Tajiri has Asperger’s Syndrome.


  • The SRB pupils will be assessed using the National Curriculum and may also be assessed on the Norfolk Assessment Pathway (NAP).


  • The SRB pupils will be supported by two teachers, a HLTA and TA’s. Georgia Burke will continue to be the SRB Lead teacher in charge and oversee the CPD and deployment of staff.

Grandin Classroom

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