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The SENCO Guide - 3. SEN Support (Tier 1 and 2)

3. SEN Support (Tier 1 and 2)

The following Newcastle services and links to information and resources will be able to support you, as a SENCO. Information on a wider range of services can be found on the Local Offer.

Newcastle School Effectiveness SEN team

Work with First, Primary, Middle and Secondary schools who buy into their service. They offer support to Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) helping to keep them up to date with key SEN developments in the Local Authority and nationally.

Support is through a traded service. The team comprises of:

Sheila Kingsland, Senior Advisor for SEN and Special Schools

 Tel : 0191 2115337 or 07814974924
Email : Sheila.kingsland@newcastle.gov.uk

 Jill Tough, SEN Consultant

Tel: 0191 2774609 or 07952 170032
Email: jill.tough@newcastle.gov.uk

Lead SENCOs:

Sue Alexander, Wingrove Primary

Lianne Howse, Newburn Manor Primary

If you require any support, please contact Sheila or Jill.

Link to SEN Networks 2019-20

Link to Teacher Initial Concern Form

Link to Parental Consent form for SEN Support

Link to SEND Mainstream Guidance

Link to SEN Transition form (Primary)

Link to SEN Transition form (Secondary)

Link to Guidance for placing pupils at SEN Support for MLD

Link to Learning Difficulties Screen - Primary

Link to Learning Difficulties Screen - Secondary

Link to Learning Difficulties Screen Guidelines

Link to Visual Memory activities

Link to Auditory Memory activities

Link to Tips for Teaching Children with Learning Difficulties (Primary)

Link to Tips for Teaching Children with Learning Difficulties (Secondary)

Link to Visual Prompts to Support Learning

Link to Working on Vocabulary to help Children Access the Curriculum

Link to KS 1 development gaps support plan

Link to initial SEMH support plan

Link to ADHD support plan

Link to anger management support plan

Link to SEMH identification of need

Link to insecure attachment support plan

Link to nurture pupil profile support plan

Link to entrenched behaviour support plan

Link to social communication checklist

Link to AET Progression Framework overview

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: hazel.newstead@newcastle.gov.uk

Where to find them

People Directorate

Newcastle City Council

Library Block

Westgate Community College

West Road

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9LU

 Referral required? Yes

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 SPoC Request for Involvement

 Special Educational Needs Teaching and Support Service (SENTASS)

This team of highly qualified, experienced specialist teachers has delivered a successful service to schools and educational settings across Newcastle over a number of years. The Service offers professional expertise and knowledge and provides assessments, support and advice to SENCOs, teaching/support staff and parents in relation to individual children and young people with special educational needs. Schools are supported to identify and meet the needs of children and young people aged from 5 to 18 years in order to improve outcomes.

 Service Level Agreement (Traded Services)

SENTASS Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and SENTASS Speech and Language teachers are provided on a traded basis with schools via a service level agreement. Children and young people are referred to this part of SENTASS by colleagues in schools.

Schools can also request small group support from a specialist learning support assistant for children with motor co-ordination difficulties via a service level agreement.

Link to SpLD referral (dyslexia)

Link to SpLD referral (dyscalculia)

The Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Team

The DLD Team is a multidisciplinary team consisting of a specialist teacher, an educational psychologist, speech and language therapists and learning support assistants. It is coordinated by the SENTASS specialist teacher for speech and language. This team assesses and supports children aged from 5 to 11 years with significant speech and language disorders from across the city. The team is made up of a specialist teacher, speech and language therapists, educational psychologist and learning support assistants. Referrals to this team are made by schools following a recommendation from NHS Speech and Language Therapy or the DLD Coordinator.

The DLD Team also provide information about individual children and young people with complex speech and language needs who would benefit from the teaching and support provided in a Speech and Language Additionally Resourced Centre (ARC).

Who to contact:

Tracy Hawdon

Telephone 277 4608             

Email:  tracy.hawdon@newcastle.gov.uk

Link to DLD team                                                            

Link to traded speech and language referral 

Children’s Vision Team

The Children’s Vision Team is a centrally funded Local Authority Service which supports babies; children and young people who have a medically diagnosed visual impairment.

They are a team of Qualified Teachers of Visual Impairment and Specialist Learning Support Assistants, Children’s Mobility Instructor and Technical Support Officer.

What they do?

  • Support the educational, social and emotional needs of children and young people (and their families) from birth to 25 who have a diagnosed visual impairment.
  • Advice, information and assessment are provided to children in their home, pre-school, nursery and school placement. This includes special school provision.
  • The majority of work takes place in schools city wide on a peripatetic basis but specific work also takes place with pre-school children and their families in partnership with other children’s services and health professionals.
  • In addition to the peripatetic service they have three Additionally Resourced Centres (VI ARCs) hosted in Regent Farm First School, Gosforth Junior High Academy and Gosforth Academy.

As far as possible children are fully included in all mainstream lessons and activities supported by Qualified Teachers of Visual Impairment and Specialist Learning Support Assistants.

Who to contact

Clare Podhajecki, Team Leader

Telephone: 0191 277 4570         

E-mail: clare.podhajecki@newcastle.gov.uk        

Where to find them

People Directorate

Newcastle City Council

Library Block

Westgate Community College

West Road

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9LU

Early referral and intervention is crucial to ensure that children with visual impairment and their families can access the necessary support at the earliest opportunity.

They operate an open referral system but generally referrals are from the Ophthalmology Department, RVI.

If you have any concern regarding your child’s vision please contact your health visitor or GP first.

Hearing Impairment Service

The Hearing Impairment Service is a Newcastle City Council Service which supports babies, children and young people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment.

  • They are a team of qualified Teachers of the Deaf and specialist Learning Support Assistants have undertaken specialist training with the aim of giving children and young people with a diagnosed hearing loss the opportunity to achieve their very best.
  • They have a team of peripatetic teachers who visit homes and educational settings citywide to offer support and advice to families and school staff when a child has been medically diagnosed with a hearing loss and prescribed hearing aids or have been referred for or are in recipient of cochlear implants.

Some of the Teachers of the Deaf and Learning Support Assistants teach and support pupils in Hearing Impaired Additionally Resourced Centres (HIARCs) in Benton Park Primary School, Broadwood Primary School and Heaton Manor School.

Who to contact

Joanne Scott, (Acting) Team Leader

Telephone: 0191 277 4569       

E-mail: joanne.scott@newcastle.gov.uk

Where to find them

People Directorate

Newcastle City Council

Library Block

Westgate Community College

West Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE4 9LU

Peripatetic Service provides an all year round service

Referrals are from the Ear Nose and Throat Department and the Audiology Department Freeman Hospital.

Teachers of the Deaf will carry out listening assessments and observations in schools when requested by colleagues in the Ear Nose and Throat Department or the Audiology Department.

If you have a concern regarding your child’s hearing, please contact your health visitor or G.P. first.

Core Offer – Single Point of Contact (SPoC)

Single Point of Contact (Tier 2 of the Graduated Response) is now up and running and meets fortnightly.

For 0-4 year olds the following can be accessed through SPoC:

  • EEAST specialist teachers for support in all four areas of need

For school age children the following can be accessed through SpoC:

  • SENTASS Communication and Interaction (Autism) specialist teachers -   Caroline Broadfoot, Christie Johnston or David McLeod
  • SEMH support from Trinity outreach and /or EPS
  • Cognition and Learning support from SENTASS specialist teacher for school age children and young people, specialist staff from Hadrian Special School (primary age children)  and specialist staff from Sir Charles Parsons Special School (secondary age children and young people)

Who to contact

Angela Gemmell, Acting Team Leader

Telephone: 0191 277 4608          

E-mail: angela.gemmell@newcastle.gov.uk

Link to SPoC panel dates

Link to Guidance for making a SPoC Request

Link to SPoC request for involvement

Newcastle Educational Psychology Service

The Newcastle Educational Psychology Service works with children and young people (aged 0-25 years) who may have special educational needs and or disabilities in order to help them overcome barriers to learning and development and be included in their community.  An Educational Psychologist can become involved with a child or young person following a request from the Local Authority to contribute to the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) needs assessment of a child or young person. This work is funded by the Local Authority. Schools or settings can also fund additional EP time for early intervention and preventative work, through a Service Level Agreement.

Who to contact

Lara Lillico, Educational Psychology Service Manager

Telephone: 0191 277 4577                 

E-mail: Lara.Lillico@newcastle.gov.uk

Website www.newcastle.gov.uk

Where to find them

People Directorate

Newcastle City Council

Library Block

Westgate Community College

West Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE4 9LU

Other Costs: Schools and Settings can buy in additional educational psychology time through a Service Level Agreement.

Referral required? Yes

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: ann.graham@newcastle.gov.uk

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 sencaseworkers@newcastle.gov.uk

Referrals for EHC assessment, EHCP reviews and assessment advice should be sent to EHCP@newcastle.gov.uk

Where to find them

People Directorate

Newcastle City Council

Library Block

Westgate Community College

West Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE4 9LU

Who to contact

Parent Organisation
The SENCO Guide
Last updated: 10/01/2020
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