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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 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.
  • Mrs Karen Hinnigan delivers the Numbers Count Maths programme.
  • Our school nurse will offer advice and support regarding the health and well-being of children.



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.

Our Inclusion Policy and Accessibility Plan can be found in the policies section of the website.


Useful websites for all children to use at home

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.)

Other Sources of help/support:

Berwick Hills Children’s Centre - 01642 245358

Social Services -01642 726004

School Nurse - 01642 848000

Parent Partnership Service - 01642 201872

Middlesbrough SEN & Pupil Support Team -01642 201828