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Designated Specialist Provision (DSP - SLCN)

Barley Croft is able to offer eligible pupils placement within the Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) if appropriate and where agreed by the Local Authority.  


The DSP is a specialist provision seen as an integral part of Barley Croft.  It offers pupils an appropriate curriculum based upon the National Curriculum.  The individual needs and learning styles of students will determine the strategies used.  This may include 1:1 and small group learning, integrated individual programmes of work as suggested by therapists and other professionals, signing and teaching in small steps and the use of alternative communication methods (including PECS and technology assisted). 


The SENCo lead teacher, in conjunction with the DSP lead teacher ensures that the EHC Plan provision recommendations are implemented, monitored and reviewed.

Barley Croft Primary School                      Age Range: Y1 to Y6
Malham Close, Leicester


0116 2359008

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Kevin Lacey     
Deputy/Senco: Emily Percival 
DSP leader: Vivienne Brooks

School PAN per year group: 45

DSP places: 15 (Y1 to Y6)

Type of Provision

The unit provision offers specialist speech and language intervention on an intensive basis and provides access to mainstream education curriculum and speech and language models.  Staff work with parents and professionals to ensure an integrated approach to developing speech, language and communication skills.

Range of Need
Children are placed in the DSP where their primary need is SLCN.
Included in the selection criteria are children with:
  • phonological difficulties
  • comprehension difficulties
  • expressive language difficulties
  • semantic and/or pragmatic difficulties
  • articulatory disorder
The provision at Barley Croft is not suitable for children who have multiple complex needs that also include associated communication problems eg ASD.
School Environment
  • The DSP has provision for up to 15 places from Y1 to Y6.The 15 places are within the standard number of the school.

  • The children are supported by speech and language therapists and specialist teacher/teaching assistants.

  • The children may be based fully in the dedicated resourced teaching base or a mainstream class or a combination of both depending on need.

  • Children are fully included in the mainstream school for trips, assemblies, playtimes and also have a dedicated playground/outside learning space.
School Organisation
  • The length of the placement is dependent on need

  • Speech and language therapy is provided on a weekly basis by NHS speech therapists.

  • The speech therapy is provided on an individual basis or in small groups and further supported by programmes of study carried out by the DSP staff.

  • Children require a statement or EHC Plan in order to be considered for placement by the Local Authority.

  • Currently children are placed in the DSP by Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils.

  • Transport is provided in accordance with the Local Authority SEN transport policy.

  • Each school year group will have no more than 10% of pupils with a statement of needs.