MOORBRIDGE PUPIL REFERRAL UNIT:
LOCAL OFFER FOR PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND/OR DISABILITIES
Moorbridge PRU: Special Educational Needs Information Report
(Please see the bottom of this page for a downloadable Moorbridge SEN report)
Moorbridge Pupil Referral Unit is a fully inclusive place of learning which ensures that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. As a Pupil Referral Unit, Moorbridge welcomes pupils in KS3 and KS4 from across the Borough of North Tyneside when they are unable to continue to attend their present school. This may be because they are permanently excluded or at risk of this, struggling to maintain attendance because of anxiety or crisis or new to the area and have special educational needs.
Moorbridge provides placements according to individual needs. These may be time-limited where pupils are supported to return to their own or another school or longer term, where pupils require a multi-agency assessment of their needs or are unable to return to school as a result of continued anxiety. We are also able to accept some pupils with defined special educational needs who stay with us long-term.
Parents cannot apply directly to Moorbridge because we are a Pupil Referral Unit. Professionals complete a referral form – this is generally managed by the Secondary Support Team – and these are submitted to a panel who meet weekly to consider placements. However we are very willing to meet parents/carers and show them around Moorbridge if considering a place with us. Pupils are not placed at Moorbridge without the agreement of parents/carers.
Moorbridge has close links with the Middle, High and Special Schools in North Tyneside as well as other outside agencies.
Our Mission Statement is: ‘We can build a Bridge’ which reflects our desire to ensure that those pupils who are able return to school settings appropriate to their needs, do so. For those who are with us longer, we link with outside agencies to provide multi-agency responses to need as well as connections with further education training agencies and local colleges.
The term ‘bridge building’ can also be linked to our firm belief in restorative techniques employed at Moorbridge to assist pupils to learn from their mistakes and develop positive ways to behave.
Our Local Offer shows you how we support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
We consult with pupils and their families on our Local Offer through:
At Moorbridge we welcome and value contact with parents/carers. Our Link Workers and Education Welfare Worker are employed to provide this service and will ‘signpost’ to the appropriate people to help.
Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities and their Families
We will let families know about any concerns about the pupil’s learning through texts/phone calls as needed and invitations to come to talk about issues as they arise. Meetings are arranged promptly and someone is usually available at short notice to see parents/carers if they wish to come in to Moorbridge to discuss issues. We also liaise closely with pupils’ own schools where they are dual-registered.
There are a number of other people who come to Moorbridge to work with pupils. They include:
We work in partnership with other education providers to make sure pupils make a successful transition to the next stages of their learning, through careful and co-ordinated planning. For the pupils at Moorbridge this may not be at the end of a school year or Key Stage as pupils move to other provisions or back to school depending on individual needs. Parents/carers are fully involved in decisions about transition. At Moorbridge we provide tracking sheets for the pupil’s school to show progress and specific areas to work on. We also support the re-integration of pupils back to school. This is carefully planned and our Transition Co-ordinator alongside Link Workers will support a return to school by attending meetings and supporting in class or in social time depending on the need.
At Moorbridge we have a number of support staff who work alongside teachers and instructors in the classrooms to ensure pupil progress and independence. There are two members of staff in each classroom at all times and because a number of our pupils have behaviour difficulties, all pupils are supervised by adults for the whole time they are in the building in order to keep everyone safe.
All staff have completed and continue to receive ongoing training in special needs and disabilities.
Our fully qualified Special Needs Co-ordinator provides advice and guidance to staff and pupils. She is: Ms Julie Kalama (BA, PGCE, SENCO)
Moorbridge works in partnership with families to help them support their children’s learning outside school. Families are also signposted to services/organisations through the local offer. For details of North Tyneside’s Local Offer please click here.Alongside the Senior Leadership team we have dedicated Link Workers with specific responsibility for groups of pupils and they are in close contact with families to assist them in finding appropriate support.
At Moorbridge, some of our pupils may demonstrate challenging behaviours on occasions and staff are prepared for this.
We work very hard to keep everyone safe and Moorbridge is a calm and purposeful environment in which to work.
Our behaviour manager is Mr Tom Mitchell
He liaises with all staff and provides a safe space in the Intervention Room for pupils who are out of class for a limited amount of time. There will be time for reflection and reparation as part of this intervention and parents/carers are invited to be fully involved. All pupils at Moorbridge have behaviour plans which are reviewed regularly.
Behaviour and anti-bullying policies are regularly reviewed. Daily records are completed by teachers and support staff working together following regular de-briefs so patterns of behaviour and difficulties can be identified and responded to.
A number of the pupils at Moorbridge have risk assessments in place to help staff and pupils respond appropriately to specific behaviours which may be exhibited.
If you would like further information about what we offer here at Moorbridge, then please contact Julie Kalama on 0191 6436170
School entitlement to pupils with Special educational needs or disabilities
Parents/carers can contact North Tyneside Parent Partnership fro impartial information, advice and support in relation to their child's special educational need and/or disability on (0345) 200 0109.