GTC Resource Base

DanceIn the GTC Centre, we create a nurturing and safe environment, where each individual is accepted, embraced and supported to reach their potential and live an independent life.

The GTC Centre is an additional provision at Ditton Park Academy that supports students with special learning needs, enabling them to access the full range of educational opportunities.

The Resource Base itself can provide places for up to 20 children with an Education Health Care Plan.A1

What we do:

  • Individual and small group teaching
  • Targetted interventions
  • Speech and Language Therapy sessions
  • Occupational Therapy sessions
  • Life Skills lessons
  • Social Skills lessons
  • Tailored trips linked to the Life Skills and Social Skills curriculum
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy sessions
  • Sensory Room activities
  • Preparing transition for all our students
  • Support in mainstream lessons

How we do it:

We begin with the child and not with the curriculum. Therefore, a tailor made learning programme is created in accordance to the needs of the individual child.

We make the learning and teaching active, using a multi - sensory approach, which is intensive, structured and purposeful. Students receive clear, unambiguous and explicit instructions. We use repetition to consolidate.

Teachers record small steps that students make and use these steps to build a bigger picture of their learning and achievements.

The resource base helps to support and develop skills that are important for their development into adulthood, work and life. Therefore, students are taught Social Skills in small groups to improve their communication skills in order to interact with others appropriately.  They also learn Life Skills, the skills that an individual needs to acquire for an independent life. 

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Our students learn in a supportive environment where they feel that other children and adults understand and care for them.

Staff are trained in the following:

  • The Resource Base Manager is a qualified teacher with a SENDCo qualification
  • HLTA and LSAs have Level 2 qualifications in “ Understanding Autism”,  “ Dealing with challenging Behaviour” and “ Specific Learning Difficulties”
  • LSAs have also undertaken ADHD courses, “ Mental Health Awareness” courses and obtained ELKAN qualifications to deliver SALT

Support from outside agencies:

We work closely with Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, who are part of the child’s developmental plans. Thus, we give the children the support they need to approach the obstacles and the barriers they may encounter in their path to achieving the skills they need to lead an independent life.

GTC Resource Base Complex Need Policy

Transition Video for SEN and GTC Students

Curriculum Map

Life skills

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2


Me and my feelings Coping with change

  1. All about me
  2. Handling change
  3. Rainbow of emotions
  4. Learning to stay calm
  5. Personal space
  6. Building confidence



  1. The power of choice
  2. Healthy living
  3. Appearance
  4. My responsibilities
  5. It’s OK to feel sad, but feeling happy is better
  6. Staying safe


Skills for learning

  1. Organizational skills
  2. Individual study skills
  3. Problem-solving skills
  4. Cooperation
  5. Computer Skills
  6. Internet safety



  1. Bullying: What to say, think and do.
  2. Managing conflicts
  3. Accepting consequences
  4. Peer-pressure
  5. Coping with exams and stress
  6. Coping with failure

Practical living skills

  1. Basic first aid and emergency preparedness
  2. Shopping and managing money
  3. Basic housekeeping skills
  4. Making an appointment/ writing an email
  5. The gardening project

Personal Achievements

  1. My future plans
  2. My personal achievements
  3. My story album
  4. I am a Transformer!
  5. Setting new goals
  6. Preparing for the future



Social Skills

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2


Making friends

  1. Getting to know each other
  2. Individual differences
  3. Skills for making new friends
  4. Being part of a group
  5. Having a sense of humour
  6.  How to lose a game and win friends

Don’t judge a book by its cover

  1. We are all the same
  2. True friends
  3. Selecting buddies
  4. Reading emotions
  5. My role-model




  1. Turn-taking
  2. Sharing
  3. Cooperation/ making decisions together
  4. Compromising
  5. Building a team
  6. Team-project




  1. Two-way communication
  2. Non-verbal communication
  3. Thinking before speaking
  4. Fair-fighting
  5. Standing up for yourself
  6. Accepting others’ opinions


Pro-social behaviour

  1. Respect
  2. Kindness
  3. Being loyal
  4. Being honest
  5. Charity- learning to help others
  6. Being supportive



Home and community

  1. Celebrating diversity
  2. Learning about disabilities
  3. Drug and Alcohol Awareness
  4. Local Knowledge
  5. Respecting elderly people
  6. Respecting nature