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Special Educational Needs

At Berwick Hills Primary School, we aim to meet the individual educational needs of all children in order to enable them to meet their individual potential. We follow the Government’s Code of Practice on Special Educational Needs.

Special Educational Needs are the responsibility of all staff within school. With assistance from the LA, the school funds a number of teaching assistants who work with children either individually or in groups, to support learning in the classroom.

At Berwick Hills Primary School, we have a team dedicated to supporting children.

This team includes:

  • Mrs Parker-Hack, Deputy Head who is also the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and the designated teacher for Child Protection.
  • Miss Paula Davidson is the Families Services Lead and will advise and support parents in addition to leading on Early Help support.
  • Miss Frankie Lee is the Parent Support Advisor and will advise and support parents on a range of issues, including emotional, social and behavioural needs.
  • Mrs Sara Dawson, works with children to support emotional, social and behavioural issues.
  • Mrs Margaret Croft supports the teaching of children with learning difficulties.
  • The School Nursing Service can be contacted offer advice and support regarding the health and well-being of children.
  • We have a counsellor from CATs (Child and Adolescent Therapy Solutions and can offer counselling for individual children and support for parents.

The school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator ( SENCO), meets with staff, parents and other professionals regularly in order to discuss individual children’s needs. Sometimes additional specialists are involved, such as the Educational Psychologist, School's Advisory Service, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.

We warmly welcome parents to Berwick Hills Primary School and actively encourage parents involvement in their child’s learning. Regular coffee mornings are held by Paula Davidson and there are many opportunities for parents to work alongside their child in class. Regular sessions are held to share with parents, ways to support their child with aspects of learning such as developing reading skills, phonics and maths at home.

Useful links to other organisations

If you have access to the Internet, there are many websites which will support home learning. (For safety reasons, we recommend supervised use of the Internet.)

  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382 BBC bitesize

Parents’ toolkit:SEND  this provides additional resources, activities and support for all ages and needs

ChatterPack – a voluntary-run, special educational needs and disabilities hub offering free resources, advice and information. 

The Sensory Projects – provides a useful list of inclusive resources helpful for those looking for activities to do whilst staying home and staying safe.

Resources for families seeking advice for children's mental health

Resources for families seeking advice for children's mental health

A charitable membership organisation that supports education practitioners

This site has phonics activities and useful sequencing activities.

Other Sources of help/support:


Social Care  01642 726004

School Nurse  01642 848000

Middlesbrough SEN & Pupil Support Team -01642 201831

For further information please refer to the SEN Information Report and the Inclusion Policy