At St Michael’s School we respect and care for ourselves, and each other. We work hard and try our best to use the gifts and talents that God has given us. Our mission statement is fundamental in all we do, including our work with our children with additional learning needs. We want to be able to give families information about the variety of ways we ensure we support our children with special educational needs (SEN) to achieve their potential.
We provide a full range of educational and pastoral support to all and our children with SEN make very good progress. The information here is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and resources where necessary. If you would like further information, please contact our SENCO by email: or phone on 0191 2739383.
There are a number of reasons why a child may be identified as having SEN:
They are having significant difficulty with their learning and making less progress than would be expected
They have a specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia
They have emotional or mental health difficulties
They have difficulties with social communication and interaction
They have sensory and/or physical needs for example a hearing impairment
For all children at St Michael’s RC Primary School who have an additional need we:
Recognise the contributions families can provide and work in partnership with them to best support our pupils
Deliver high quality teaching, adapting the curriculum and our resources to ensure children can access the learning
Employ a Special Education needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to lead on SEN provision across the school
Assess and review the learning of our SEN children, using that information to inform future planning and teaching
Provide teaching assistants in class who work with SEN children and also, importantly, support other children so that the teacher has more opportunities to work with the SEN children
Hold regular meetings for teachers and teaching assistants, with the SENCO, to review children, interventions and resources and to adapt provision where necessary
Support our families with children with SEN, formally through review meetings and informally through direct conversations and information sharing. Families are also advised of other services and organisations which may offer further advice and support.
Who can I talk to?
Miss Jenny Consterdine (SENCO) is the first point of contact for additional learning needs in school. To arrange an appointment, please telephone school (0191) 2739383.
SENDIASS – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service offer impartial information, advice and support in relation to a child’s SEN and/or disability. Telephone 0191 284 0480 or email
Family, Advice and Support Team- supports families with disabled children and young people from birth to 25 years. Telephone 0191 281 8737 or email
Newcastle Families Information Service- provides a guide to local organisations, childcare and events.
The National Autistic Society: www.autism.org.uk
Dyslexia Action: www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: www.adhd.org.uk
Children’s North East: Telephone: 01912562444 www.children-ne.org.uk- supports families and children facing social issues
Children’s and Young People’s Service: Telephone: 01912466913 - supports families facing mental health issues ADHD Service with Barnado’s Telephone: 019126566, www.barnados.org.uk
Families information Service: www.newcastlefis.org.uk
Dyspraxia Foundation: Telephone: 01913845858, https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/
Cerebra: Telephone: 01912308036, http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/