Eastbrook School SLCN-ARP – Additional Resource Provision Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Eastbrook School is the only secondary school in Barking and Dagenham which has extensive additional specialist provision for students with speech, language and communication needs.

We have a dedicated team who believe that every child is entitled to the best possible education and we provide a supportive environment to enable each student to feel valued and confident so that they can reach their full potential.


Our aims are….

  • to provide specialist teaching and therapy which addresses each student’s speech and language delay and disorder
  • to include ARP students in the full life of the school and prepare them for life long learning opportunities.
  • to raise awareness in the whole school community of the specific issues surrounding speech and language delay and disorder.

SLCN-ARP Entry Criteria

We are here for students who demonstrate a severe speech and/or language disorder, where the primary need is a significant difficulty in one or more of the following areas:

a reduced speech sound system
impaired auditory processes
delayed verbal tasks when compared to non verbal tasks
impaired semantic organisation /word retrieval skills.
disordered language which distorts meaning.

“Ofsted report Jan 2016 – Pupils are well supported in the additional resource provisions. They learn well. They are taught with patience and encouragement. As a result, they gain confidence quickly, see their speech and language difficulties as temporary and are motivated to learn thoroughly and with ambition. This determined and positive approach enables pupils to make good progress.’’

Pupils attending the additional resource provisions are fully included in the school. They understand how to keep themselves safe and they feel safe in school. Their good behaviour helps them to learn well and also to relate appropriately to teachers and other pupils’.

The support available to students includes individual speech and language therapy, social skills development groups, the enhancing language and communication in secondary school programme, subject specific small learning groups, in class support, lunch clubs, trips and educational visits which enhance life and social skills in context.

Our specialist staff work closely with the Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologist, Advisory Teachers, parents and students to design each student’s individual programme.  Our students thoroughly enjoy the facilities and help offered by ARP which has a big impact on their personal development and academic progress.

“I like the ARP because it helps lots of students with their speech and language and also you can make new friends.” Y9 student

“As a parent, I feel the ARP has changed my daughter’s life for the better. Before joining Eastbrook she had no confidence, no friends and hated even the mention of school. This was very hard to deal with as a parent as primary school should have been one of the happiest time of her life. But since being here and getting the help and support from the staff of the ARP, which even supported her with her health issues, she is a completely different child. She loves school now, she has improved with her learning 100% and has lot of friends, her confidence is about 90% better, but the difference is that she is very independent and can have the happy memories from school that she deserves. I wouldn’t like to say where we would be without the ARP. I am extremely grateful for all their help.” Parent of Y11 student