ARMS are schools which specialise in a particular area of learning need. Children in ARMS usually have an Education, Health and Care Plan and are generally taught in smaller classes with a higher level of support than a normal mainstream school but will have opportunities to mix with children in the mainstream school. The ARMS in Gateshead are as follows:
|School||Learning need||Age range|
|Bede Primary School||Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs||Key Stage 1 (age 5-7 years)|
|Brandling Primary School|
Brandling ARMS Entry – Exit Criteria
|Speech, Language and Communication needs||Key Stages 1 and 2 (age 5-11 years)|
|Eslington School||Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs||Key Stage 2 (age 7-11 years)|
|High Spen Community Primary School||Hearing Impairment||Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2 (age 2/3-11 years)|
|Rowlands Gill Community Primary School||Complex Learning Needs||Key stage 2 (age 7-11 years)|
|Swalwell Community Primary School||Physical Difficulties||Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2 (age 2/3-11 years)|
|Thorp Academy||Moderate Learning Difficulties||Key Stages 3 and 4 (age 11-16 years)|
|Whickham School||Autism Spectrum Disorder||Key Stages 3 and 4 (age 11-16 years)|
The Local Authority commissions ARMS placements from schools, and they receive funding as above.
The SEND Code of Practice places a duty on all schools to provide detailed information how they provide support for children and young people with SEND which you will be able to find by looking on their website or by requesting this from the school directly.