Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

SEND Local Offer: (https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/37862/Special-Educational-Needs-and-Disabilities-SEND-)

The school prides itself in its ability to offer and successfully deliver a full curriculum that is inclusive to all children, irrespective of need. The SEND team work closely with all of the teaching staff and, as a result, are able to support children with a wide range of academic, physical and social needs. This may be in the form of classroom based support or withdrawn support, often in small group or one-to-one sessions using resources from within the school and from the support services within the Authority.

The school maintains very close working relationships with children, staff, parents and other agencies. Indeed, partnership with parents is of the utmost importance.

 

 

SEND Team

Our safeguarding, health and wellbeing team
Tim Shenton: Designated Safeguarding Leader
Kaye Seebacher: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader
Leanne Gartland: SENCO and School Wellbeing Lead
Gemma Thomas: Mental Health Champion
                             Mental Health First Aider
Julie Porter: Educational Mental Health Practitioner
Vicky Boddy: Wellbeing Governor
Margaret Skevington: SEND Governor

Information for parents/carers:

View our SEND information report

We have tried to gather together some information that might be of use to you if your child has any Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. If you are aware of any other useful websites, please let us know and we will try to include a link to them.

Wellbeing Matters
In school, we’re using the Five Ways to Wellbeing, recognised and used by the NHS and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), to empower our children to discuss mental health and look after their mental wellbeing.
Research has shown that doing an aspect of these each day, can improve mood, energy and overall wellbeing.
Connect:
Face to face conversation help to build good relationships, making us feel happier and more secure.
This might look like:
– Taking time each day to talk as a family
– Eating a meal together
– Visiting a friend or family member
– Phoning or messaging a friend
Take Notice:
Paying more attention to the present moment, or being mindful, can improve mental wellbeing. You can shape your thoughts, feelings and emotions by enjoying the small things around you.
This might look like:
– Guided meditation, meditation or yoga
– Going for a walk and noticing the colours around you
– Slowing down your eating speed and savouring every bite
– Saying positive affirmations or gratitudes daily
Give:
By giving to others, you’re improving your mental wellbeing by creating positive feelings, a sense of purpose and increased self-worth.
This might look like:
– Saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you
– Paying someone a compliment
– Spending your time with someone
– Offering your time for a community activity
Keep Learning:
Learning or enjoying a new skill, or playing games helps to boost self-confidence and lift self esteem – you might even meet new people.
This might look like:
– Trying a new sport or hobby
– Spend time with a family member who will share their skills
Be Active:
Being active and taking part in physical activity daily can boost your mental wellbeing as well as physical health and fitness. This raises your self esteem and causes a chemical change in your brain which lifts mood.
This might look like:
– Attending a sporting group
– Riding a bike
– Running, skipping, jumping and having fun
– Walking
– Setting a daily step target
You can find out more at:
If you are concerned about your own, or your child’s wellbeing, please speak to a member of the wellbeing team, or make an appointment with your GP.
It’s ok to not be ok.
Important dates in our school calendar:
1st – 5th February Children’s Mental Health Week
If you’d like more information, please visit:
29th March – 2nd April Autism Awareness Week
If you’d like more information, please visit:

 

 

General information:

Office for Advice, Assistance, Support and Information on Special Needs

Special Educational Needs and Disability- SEND

 

ADD & ADHD:

Family Education website

National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS)

 

Dyspraxia:

The Dyspraxia Foundation Family

 

Tourettes:

Tourettes Action UK

 

Autism/Aspergers:

National Autistic Society
Autism Independent UK

 

Dyslexia:

British Dyslexia Association

 

Epilepsy:

The British Epilepsy Association

 

Visual Impairment:

Royal Institute for the Blind

 

Hearing Impairment:

Action on Hearing Loss

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

OCD UK