About Us

About Oceans Special Resource Base

As part of the SEND local offer, Norfolk County Council commissioned the development of a number of Specialist Resource Bases (SRBs) at mainstream schools across the county. Oceans SRB shares the site of Caister Infant and Junior Schools, and is specifically for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH).

Children who struggle with SEMH needs may have anxiety or attachment issues, or they may have suffered trauma in their early lives. It could also include pupils who find it difficult to regulate their emotions, as well as those with neurological conditions such as ADHD. Children with SEMH needs may find it difficult to form secure relationships, or they may have low self-esteem or confidence. Perhaps they find the expectations and interactions of the busy classroom environment overwhelming and become disengaged from their learning. 

If a child is struggling with the expectations and interactions of the busy classroom environment they may be displaying a range of behaviours. Perhaps they already have additional support in their home school to allow them to manage their feelings and access the mainstream curriculum. Children may also need support to understand big emotions such as anger, frustration, sadness or anxiety. They may find following instructions very difficult and they may avoid demands and learning, which then may lead to disruptive behaviour.

During their time at Oceans SRB, pupils will have access to a wide range of activities and specialist resources to enable them to develop their personal and social skills alongside forming positive relationships. Much of our learning takes place through practical activities which are meaningful and purposeful to the child, and designed specifically to target the skills they need to develop.

We use a variety of assessment tools to carefully track the progress of each child, both in terms of their social and emotional skills, and their academic learning. Within our small classes we are then able to use these assessments to plan a curriculum that is tailored to meet the needs of each individual.

Aims of an SRB Placement

  • To improve pupils’ ability to self-regulate and manage their own emotions.
  • To teach pupils strategies which will help them to manage their behaviour in the mainstream classroom.
  • To improve self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing.
  • To work in partnership with home schools, helping them to support pupils with complex SEMH needs.
  • To plan and implement successful transitions back to mainstream provision.
  • To have a clear and accessible pathway for accessing support for children with SEMH needs.