Pupil placement at First Base is commissioned by Local Authority. Referrals for the provision are thus Local Authority responsibility with places determined at monthly In Years Fair Access Panel (IYFAP). The Panel is chaired by Local Authority (LA) Commissioner and made up of LA Officers e.g. Local Offer Brokers, Pupil Referral Headteachers, Alternative Provision Leads including EOTAS, Primary Headteachers, Early Help Team Managers and Educational Psychologist Service representation. The panel prioritise offer of places based on presentation by school to the panel and completed referral form. Currently there is no ‘banding’ arrangement in place detailing criteria for PRU placement.
An IYFAP referral form will need to be completed in full by mainstream school and sent to the IYFAP administrator with any additional evidence by the monthly date set for each respective area. Parental permission must be obtained before the case is discussed.
During the school's discussion with parents we are happy that an invitation to the parent / carer to visit First Base Ipswich is extended. First Base acknowledges that it is important for a parent / carer to visualise what we are able to offer and meet our highly skilled and supportive team before agreeing to a referral. This may be done by parent (or school) contacting First Base, Ipswich directly. If parents prefer they may discuss with First Base, Ipswich further by telephoning (01473 719553).