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COVID-19 | SEND Service Updates

SEND Travel Support for September 2020.

SEND travel support are currently finalising the transport arrangements for all eligible children and young people to ensure everything is in place for the full return to school week commencing 07/09/2020.

We appreciate that the allocation of transport is slightly behind our usual timescales. However we want to reassure all parent and carers that this information will be with you no later than week commencing 24/08/2020 and that all eligible children will receive transport for their return to school or college.

We have informed providers that they MUST contact parents to arrange a meet and greet prior to the first day of school/college and urge you to get in touch with us on 0191 2774646 if you either have not heard from the provider or you have any issues you wish to discuss with us.


29.04.20 | Post 16 SEN Transition arrangements due to Covid 19

We have been working closely with our Post 16 Providers to ensure a smooth transition for all our students despite the current restrictions. We appreciate that usually transition time raises a lot of questions, so the information below will clarify how arrangements will be organised over the coming term. If you have more general questions, please get in touch with the Connexions Adviser you usually work with.

Students who have already applied – most Colleges and training providers will be contacting you by letter or telephone call to reassure you about the arrangements that are being put in place and also to give you contact details in case you need to ask questions.

Students who have yet to apply – there will be opportunities still to apply for places. Keep a look out on Providers websites and social media platforms to see if they are holding any information sessions later in the summer.

Please downloads the list of Provider email addresses where you can make enquiries or applications. 

Update 20.04.20 | Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done.

Download our advice document for more information.

COVID-19| A practical resources and guidance document is available to download | 03.04.20

COVID-19 Explained | A presentation for schools, parents and children. | 31.03.20

The Children’s Commissioner has produced a presentation which schools may wish to download and use with the children in their schools to explain the current Covid-19 situation. You may also wish to put this on your website for parents and carers to access.


Therapeutic intervention for children with SEND is being maintained c/o Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust  physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech & language therapy and dietetics. In line with government advice interventions will be predominantly via phone but can be face to face if necessary.  

Families can contact therapy services in the usual way

If you need to contact the Special Educational Needs Team during this time, please Contact them on:
Call: 0191 277 4650.
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