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Specialist Resource Bases programme overview

Specialist Resource Bases refers to the programme of additionally commissioned services funded from the High Needs Block and delivered by Norfolk schools. The service is for learners with a high level of special educational needs who are educated in mainstream schools.

The SRB programme is an important part of the SEND Local Offer of support and provision.

There are five distinct specialisms within the programme which are grouped into two broad types.

Two of these offer long term, specialist provision:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) bases
  • Deaf Resource bases

Three others offer short-term support and/or outreach to home school through a school-to-school service for short-term support and intervention, outreach support and advice, or a combination of the two:

  • Learning and Cognition Needs (LCN) bases
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) bases formerly Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD)
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) bases

Outreach support is available on a traded basis:

  • LCN – outreach support to primary phase in home school, whole school and cluster development
  • SEMH – outreach support to primary phase in home school
  • SLCN – outreach support to primary phase in home school, whole school and cluster development
  • Dyslexia Outreach Service – whole school and cluster development at primary and secondary phases

ASD bases and Deaf Resource bases offer long-term provision only. These provisions are specialist in nature and will be accessed via county admissions processes, with the local authority retaining the placement decision-making responsibility.

LCN (including the Dyslexia Outreach Service), SEMH and SLCN bases offer a school-to-school service for short-term support and intervention, or outreach support and advice, or a combination of the two. Placements will also be accessed via the county admissions process, with a panel of relevant professionals having delegated decision-making responsibility.

The focus of these specialisms is on working in partnership to sustain home school placements through support and intervention and building capacity to better meet the needs of the learner.

Access to these services will be managed by each specialism without direct local authority involvement in the decision-making. Home schools must agree to the SRB terms and conditions of placement including costs as part of the referral process.

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