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The SENCO Guide - 5. Higher Levels of Need

5. Higher Levels of Need

(Tier 3 and 4)

SEND Code of Practice 2014:

6.99 Schools are not expected to meet the full costs of more expensive special educational provision from their core funding. They are expected to provide additional support which costs up to a nationally prescribed threshold per pupil per year. The responsible local authority, usually the authority where the child or young person lives, should provide additional top-up funding where the cost of the special educational provision required to meet the needs of an individual pupil exceeds the nationally prescribed threshold.

9.1 The majority of children and young people with SEN or disabilities will have their needs met within local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges (as set out in the information on identification and support in Chapters 5, 6 and 7). Some children and young people may require an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment in order for the local authority to decide whether it is necessary for it to make provision in accordance with an EHC plan (EHCP).

9.2 The purpose of an EHCP is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood.

SEN Assessment, Provision and Review team (SEN APR)

The team are responsible for EHC assessments, Annual Reviews of EHCPs, CYP with EHCs transferring in and out of the city, admissions to ARC/Ps and specialist provision.
The SEN APR team carry out EHC assessments from 0 to year 10 and Connexions from year 11 onwards.

The contact for Connexions is Ann Graham, LLDD Coordinator
Telephone: 2771432                            Email:
Address: Newcastle Connexions, West Gate Community College, West Road, Newcastle NE4 9LU

Who to contact in SEN APR

Philip Morris, SEND APR Manager
Telephone: 0191 2774650

There is a SEN APR email account for general enquiries

Referrals for EHC assessment, EHCP reviews and assessment advice should be sent to

Where to find them

People Directorate
Newcastle City Council
Library Block
Westgate Community College
West Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Link to Graduated response to meeting special educational needs and disabilities in Newcastle: Terms of reference for the operation of SEND panels

Link to EHCP Pathway

Link to Request for ARC /ARP placement

Link to Request for Individual Pupil Support Funding

Link to Guidelines to request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment 2018/19

Link to request for EHC needs assessment

Link to educational advice template 
Link to Guidelines for Annual Review of EHCP

Link to EHCP Annual Review form

Link to PfA post 16 EHCP

Link to year 11 EHCP annual review/reapplication for Top Up

Link to year 12+ EHCP annual review/reapplication for Top Up

Early Education Additional Support Team (EEAST)

They are a team of specialist teachers and nursery nurses who work with pre-school children who have special educational needs and disabilities.

  • They visit children with complex needs in their own homes to provide teaching advice and support, as part of a multi – disciplinary team.
  • They plan a range of opportunities to develop each child's play and learning, including multi – disciplinary early intervention groups.
  • They give specialist support and advice to help parents make informed choices about the education of their children.
  • They provide support to help children access and make progress in their local Early Years Setting.
  • They support early years settings with requests and advice for EHC assessments.
  • They work closely with Area SENCOs to provide training and support for SENCOs in Early Years settings.
  • EEAST Nursery Nurses provide practical support for children with complex SEND attending maintained nursery schools / nursery classes. This is usually allocated via the Early Years Inclusion Fund Panel.

Who to contact

Hazel Newstead, Team Leader
Telephone: 0191 277 4625       E-mail:

Where to find them

People Directorate
Newcastle City Council
Library Block
Westgate Community College
West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9LU

They have an open referral system- anyone may refer to the service as long as they have the permission of the child’s parents.

Most referrals come from health professionals (paediatricians, health visitors, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists). They also get referrals from staff in Early Years settings. Parents/carers may refer directly to this service if they wish.

Link to Early Years Assessment screen guidance
Link to Early Years Assessment screen 1 year-3 years
Link to Early Years Assessment screen 2 years-5 years
Link to EYs inclusion fund application form
Link to EYs inclusion fund review form
Link to EYs inclusion fund – information for applicants

Specialist Provision in Newcastle

Additional Resourced Centres (ARCs) and Additional Resourced Provisions (ARPs)

Nurture/social, emotional and mental health difficulties

  • North Fawdon

Early Years Assessment

  • Bridgewater
  • Cheviot

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

  • Cheviot
  • Hawthorn
  • West Walker

Speech and Language

  • Atkinson Road
  • Welbeck
  • Kenton

Communication disorder

  • Atkinson Road
  • Kenton Bar
  • Tyneview
  • Kenton
  • Benfield (ARP)
  • Walbottle Campus (ARP)

Physical Disability

  • Kingston Park
  • Benfield

Visual Impairment

  • Regent Farm First
  • Gosforth Junior Academy
  • Gosforth Academy

Hearing Impairment

  • Broadwood
  • Benton Park
  • Jesmond Park Academy

Special Schools:

Provision for pupils aged 3-11 years with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties

Sir Charles Parsons               
Provision for pupils aged 11-19 years with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties
Thomas Bewick     
Provision for pupils aged 3-19 years with autism
Trinity Academy                      
Provision for pupils aged 7 – 18 years with social, emotional or mental health difficulties

Alternative Provision:

Mary Astell Academy 
Provision for pupils who have been permanently excluded from mainstream Newcastle schools

Newcastle Bridges 
Newcastle Bridges School is a multi-site alternative provision academy which provides education to pupils from ages 2-19. Pupils are referred to the school according to their specific needs via their home school, multi-disciplinary agencies, medical services and CYPS provisions regionally, nationally and internationally.  Pupils may be fully or dual registered depending on their circumstances.

Who to contact

Parent Organisation
The SENCO Guide
Last updated: 26/11/2019
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