What is it like to be in the DSP?

CCS unit provision 1It is a good place to make friends and to relax. It is somewhere I can go and eat my lunch and snacks at my own table or with others. When lessons get difficult I can go to the DSP where it is calm and quiet to complete my work. My work and favourite pictures can be displayed in my work station. I do not have to carry my PE kit around as it is kept in a safe place. There is a timetable on the wall so I can see the lessons for the day easily. There is a computer available to complete homework that is available before school, at break time and lunchtime. There is always a member of staff around to talk to and ask about any problems.

ASD Student, Year 7

CCS unit provision 2I like being in the DSP because most of the other students there are my friends so I get to spend time with them. At lunch and break we are able to talk about the lessons we’ve been in and what other students have been up to. The DSP is cool because I have my own desk and area which no one else can use. I get time to do my art and play games.

ASD Student, Year 10

The things that I do in the DSP:

  • Doing homework in support, and some at break time
  • Play games every week with an LSA on duty at lunchtime
  • Helping out around the DSP
  • Chill out and listen to music

ASD Student, Year 10

CCS unit provision 4The DSP is a well-structured and overall effective form of assistance for both children with and without ASD. I think it works particularly well since it gives me a safe place to go during lunchtime and break, where LSAs are always around. With near consistent supervision and one to one support in every lesson, the DSP is a truly helpful part of the school. LSAs are always there to tell you when the next lesson starts, whether it’s one on lunch duty or an individual’s specific LSA. This is extremely powerful and means that missing lessons is nearly impossible, and LSAs often accompany the individual to their lesson they’re supporting in. They know what to do almost all the time; they help with learning as well as social issues, ranging from emotional support to guidance on what to say. They’re reliable, they don’t spread secrets, and they assist you if something goes wrong. Who couldn’t use that once in a while during secondary school? You also get a customisable desk. Well, it’s just a desk, but you get two boards you can pin things to and you choose the colour on the wall. There’s various storage around both of the rooms that allow you to keep your belongings safe. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

ASD Student, Year 10