SEN

Byker Primary School is a large Primary in the East end of Newcastle, catering for children aged 3 –11 years. Attached to our main building is our pre-school for children aged 2-3 years . Our school vision is “'Through a variety of learning experiences, we strive to provide a caring, supportive environment with high aspirations and expectations  for every child.”

At Byker Primary School we have high expectations of all children. We endeavour to create an atmosphere where every child can work to the best of their ability. This document will show you how we offer a wide range of support to ensure that children with special educational needs are able to fulfil their true potential.

As parents, we are aware that you know your children best and therefore we encourage a close working partnership so that you and your children have a happy and productive journey throughout their time in our school.

Our recent Ofsted report stated that ‘Pupils who are eligible for pupil premium make good progress, as do those who are disabled or have a special education need. This is due to excellent one to one tuition, as well as good quality intervention and support’ The children's spiritual, moral, cultural and social development were also highly commended, which recognises the value we place on children not only reaching their full academic potential, but becoming well rounded, caring and confident individuals.

In order to achieve these high expectations of all our children, we have a range of experienced and dedicated staff to support the children. In addition to our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), we have a number of SENTA’s (Support assistants for children with SEN), a PSA (Parent Support Advisor) and an attendance officer. We also employ our own school counsellor and buy in an increased amount of time with our allocated Educational Psychologist. We work closely with a range of specialist agencies who assess, advise and monitor the children to ensure our support is appropriate to best meet the needs of the children.

You will find information below on how we support a range of additional needs in school, as well as examples of focused interventions for those with more specific types of SEN. The provision we offer is regularly monitored and reviewed depending on our children's needs and the development of new types of interventions. We also welcome the fact that every child is unique and may therefore need more individualised support.

If you would like further information about the support that Byker primary can offer, then please contact Mrs Nicola Cook (SENCO) on 0191 2656906 or nicola.cook@byker.newcastle.sch.uk