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Darell Primary and Nursery School

Specialist provision


Butterfly Class

Welcome to Butterfly class. Butterfly Class caters for children with learning difficulties from across the borough of Richmond. This specialist resourced provision takes up to eight children with an Educational Health and Care Plan, between the ages of four and seven referred to us by the Special Educational Needs Panel of the local education authority,  with moderate learning difficulties and complex learning difficulties.

We have our own classroom on the ground floor completed in February 2012 with a group room, toilet facilities, outdoor play area and sensory room/quiet room. Butterfly class provides the children with a period of intensive teaching targeted at their individual needs. All the children have Individual Education Plans and speech and language targets as appropriate. Teaching is individual and in small groups, and the children are encouraged to learn to work independently where possible.


Butterfly class has a full-time teacher in charge, 2 teaching assistants and its own lunchtime supervisor. We also have a speech and language therapist provided by the health authority, who works with the unit staff on programs tailored to the needs of individual children. The staff also liaise with other support services such as occupational therapy and the educational psychology service. The school nurse also visits the special unit and liaises closely with staff.


The children follow a broad topic-based curriculum which meets the requirements of the Foundation Stage and National Curriculum at an appropriate level. We work intensively to develop basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics and we use a balance of group and individual work designed to encourage language development and social skills. We have a daily snack time, weekly cooking and music sessions, and enrich the curriculum with a wide range of trips, visits and regular shared experiences to base our learning on.


The children are very much a part of the Darell School Community. They join the mainstream children for playtimes and lunch times, assemblies, performances and other school events as appropriate. Each child has a program of integration. The class, with the staff when appropriate, joins a mainstream class for PE each week and individual children may have additional integration sessions into classes if appropriate to their needs. Individual integration is always discussed and agreed with parents beforehand. Groups of mainstream children also join the children in Butterfly class for some sessions as part of our integration program.

Involving parents

Here at Darell, we are committed to working in partnership with parents. Members of staff are available to talk to parents at any reasonable time before or after the school day and appointments are always available during the week for longer meetings if required. All children have a home/school diary so that information can be passed daily between home and school. Parents and friends are invited to class assemblies and performances. As well as annual reviews, termly meetings are held to discuss the children's progress towards meeting their educational targets. Parents are welcome to visit the classroom and look at the children’s work at any time. We are always pleased to have parents

helping out in the classroom and all parents are encouraged to become involved in social activities in school.


Richmond Education Authority provides transport for some children, depending on where they live, together with an escort to supervise the children between school and home. The escort brings the children directly to the classroom and collects them at the end of the day.


Each child's learning is closely monitored. Formal meetings with parents are held regularly so that all concerned can discuss progress and decisions can be taken on the appropriate next steps for the child. When a child is ready to move on to another educational setting his/her transfer is carefully planned. Some of the children transfer into mainstream education, some go on to other special settings. The transfer is managed according to each child's needs.

For visits or any enquiries, please contact Sinead Allen (Teacher in charge) on 020 8876 6721 or