Berwick Middle School

Lovaine Terrace, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1LA

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SEND Information


Berwick Middle School


 Mainstream Middle School (age range 9 – 13 years)


 Most, but not all areas, are wheelchair accessible. The upstairs Art Room is not accessible. There is a disabled toilet in the Year 5 practical area. Most of the school is on one level.


 We are a fully inclusive school. We ensure that all pupils are supported to reach their full potential – socially, emotionally and academically - regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, physical ability or educational needs. We have a strong child-centred approach to learning.

Our aim is to ensure that all children achieve the best they can.

Teachers plan lessons to challenge and support all pupils. Pupils are taught to respect all views and that it is acceptable to have differing needs and that, as a school, we will support all pupils taking into account their individual needs.

Pupils’ needs are met through :

Quality First Teaching for all in class with some small group and 1:1 support either within the classroom or through interventions

A strong range of assessment and feedback tools which ensure that pupils are given bespoke feedback and tools to ensure that they are able to make the expected progress in school

Close communication with parents – parents/carers are invited to a termly meeting to discuss the plan for their child

The belief that all teachers are teachers of SEND

A differentiated curriculum to allow for pupil success

Seeking support and advice from outside agencies to ensure that any barriers to learning are fully identified and responded to

Using ICT where appropriate to aid within and outside of the classroom

The use of ELSA trained staff to promote emotional well-being

All pupils have access to TT Rockstars and some to Accelerated Reader

Implementing information gained through on-going staff training around SEND

Carefully planned transition between first schools and Berwick Middle School

Carefully planned transition between Berwick Middle School and Berwick Academy (and other schools)

The strategic deployment of a highly skilled team of Teaching Assistants to work both within and outside of the classroom.

A nurturing and child-centred approach to school life – both in and outside of lessons.

Breakfast club and homework club on a daily basis.


For those with a higher level of need , an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) the following will also be in place:

●        Regular communication with parent/carer as needs arise

●        Bespoke transition and curriculum as required

●        Annual reviews held and recommendations submitted to the Local Authority within the required time frame.


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 We are fully  aware/familiar with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010


The needs of all pupils inform the planning of lessons and everyday school life.

Each SEND pupil has a PUPIL PROFILE sheet which outlines individual targets and support in place. These are reviewed termly. Parents / carers are invited to participate in the review process by attending a meeting in school.

SEND pupils are included in all lessons, activities, trips and residential visits.


Our range of provision is varied and tailored to meet the needs of the pupils within the school but may include:

Support in and outside of lessons

Support and / or supervision at unstructured times of the day

Risk assessments for some pupils with SEND to ensure that they are safe within the school environment

Read Write Inc programmes

Catch Up Literacy programmes

Phonics work

Snappy Maths

Small group reading comprehension input

Access arrangements for SAT’s examinations

Speech and languages sessions

ELSA sessions

Reading 1:1

Homework help

Visual timetables

Use of ICT

Resilience groups

Bespoke transition work

Input from LA specialist teachers

Use of specialist equipment – wobble cushions/ writing slant boards / coloured overlays / talking tins / etc

Babble guard

This is not a finite list but outlines some of the resources that are available


PUPIL PROFILES are discussed on a termly basis with parents / carers at a meeting which parents / carers are invited to.

Reports are sent home as part of the reporting cycle for all pupils.

There is an annual prize giving ceremony towards the end of the summer term

Parents evenings are held termly

The school uses Parentmail to send  information home

The school has a Facebook and Twitter account

The school has an open door policy and parents / carers may contact school to discuss needs and issues as they arise

School may also set up EHA’s and hold TAF meetings to support pupils and their families.

Carefully planned transition programmes are put in place between schools with bespoke transition offered for specific pupils either 1:1 or in small groups

All SEND pupils are invited to 3 additional transition sessions in the summer term prior to the main transition day.



 Mrs Katy Reeve (SENDCo)

Date completed:  September 2019

Date of Review:  August 2020