TCES Create Learning Primary

Co-educational Day Preparatory

3 Queen's Road, Barking, London, Essex, IG11 8GD

020 8543 7878

Age Range

7 – 11

Special Needs


TCES - The Complete Education Solution - is a social enterprise providing Therapeutic Education to neurodiverse pupils at our five schools and services in and around London and nationally via TCES National Online School, supporting students who are often marginalised and fall through the education net.

Create Learning Primary is a co-ed day school for neurodiverse pupils aged 7-11 with complex and challenging needs living in and around London. It provides a nurturing and therapeutic learning environment to support pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan funded by the local authority.

Despite their young age, Create Learning Primary pupils will likely already have significant gaps in their education, have been excluded and had difficulty progressing in mainstream or alternative provisions.

Pupils attending Create Learning Primary are likely to have at least one of the following:

  • Experiences of relational/developmental trauma or adversity

  • A diagnosed neurodevelopmental condition such as social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs and Autism and associated conditions.

  • Sensory processing difficulties

  • A diagnosed mental health condition.

Create Learning Primary approach

Our skilled team work together to deliver a nurturing approach to therapeutic education that adheres to '6 Principles of Nurture' throughout the school day:

  1. Children's learning is understood developmentally

  2. The classroom offers a safe base

  3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing

  4. Language is a vital means of communication

  5. All behaviour is communication

  6. The importance of transition in children's lives

Building on the strengths, talent, and interests of each pupil, we focus on developing pupil leadership, independence, and social/ group skills – supporting them to gain the confidence they need to take the next steps into education and society.

Parent feedback

"My child had the biggest smile when he came home. I really am filled with hope now he is in your wonderful school." – Parent.

"My son had a very good start at school. Any problems and behaviours are handled in an empathic way and I feel heard and supported by all staff. I couldn't have hoped for anything more from a school." – Parent.


  • Pupils learn to work and play together and grow in independence.

  • Pupils learn learning about emotions and the feelings of others.

  • Better emotional regulation improves pupils' cognitive functioning and ability to learn.

  • Parents/carers are part of our school community and involved in improving outcomes for their child.

  • Opportunities to step-down into one of our schools or another local provision.

  • Preparation for secondary education.

  • Post-16 – careers advice and supporting pupils to attend college.

TCES Promise

We do not exclude pupils. We never give up!

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