SEN REPORT and what the school can OFFER


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:


  • Regular review meetings and target setting at Moorbridge where parents/carers are invited to meet  key teachers and other staff
  • SEN Reviews as needed
  • The Initial Meeting for parents/carers, the pupil and any other supporting adults to talk with the Pastoral Manager, Link Worker and Senior Staff. At this time, information is shared and plans made.
  • Contact by text, phone or face to face as and when needed, usually with the named Link Worker in the first instance


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:


  • Educational Psychologists- our assigned professional is:  Dr Katie Phillips and Mrs Rachel Hughes we have visits from other members of the team.  Pupils are generally referred to this service by the SENCO.  
  • Child and Family Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist – Katie Clitherow visits pupils on her list.  Again the SENCO at Moorbridge can refer. 
  • Police –have close links with Moorbridge and visit regularly to take part in PSHCE lessons and keep staff and pupils up to date with local issues affecting us.  They will also give advice to individuals if needed.
  • Staff from pupils’ dual registered school will come to Moorbridge to visit pupils and work with them in our setting.
  • Childrens’ Services & Family Partners – a number of pupils and their families need support from professional social workers or family partners.  These people visit Moorbridge to meet with the pupils they are involved with.


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.



Staff Training

 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)


 Supporting Families

 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


 Needs or Disability

 Support Available Within School

 Communication and Interaction Needs Eg:

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions 
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Social Communication difficulties
  •  Visual Timetables
  • Areas of low distraction 
  • Constant support/supervision
  • Social skills programmes 
  • Specialist support including strategies for anger management and improvement of self esteem 
  • Small group work to improve skills 
  • Friends Programme for small groups
  • ICT to support learning where appropriate 
  • Strategies/programmes to support speech and language development
  • Strategies to reduce anxiety and promote emotional well-being
  • Where appropriate we will use support and advice from other partners to mee the needs of pupils 
  • Planning, assessment and review
  • Work with pupils, parents, carers and staff to develop and review plans based on the need(s) of the pupil
  • Teaching resources are routinely evaluated to ensure they are accessible to all pupils 
  • Differentiated curriculum and resources 

 Cognition and Learning Needs Eg:

  •  Moderate Learning Difficulties
  •  Specific Learning Difficultes
  •  Strategies to promote/develop literacy and numeracy
  • Provision to support access to the curriculum and develop independent learning
  • Small group targeted intervention programmes are delivered to pupils to improve skills in a variety of areas: reading/numeracy skills, comprehension skills and exam technique. 
  • ICT is used to reduce barriers in learning. 
  • Support and advice is sought from outside agencies to ensure any barriers to success are fully identified and responded to
  • Planning, assessment and review
  • Access to teaching and learning for pupils with special educational needs is monitored through the school's self-evaluation process. 
  • Teaching resources are routinely evaluated to ensure they are accessible to all pupils. 
  • Work with pupils, parents and carers and staff to develop and review plans based on the need of the pupil. 
  • Differentiated curriculum  and resources. 

 Social, Mental and Emotional Health Eg: 

  • Behavioural issues 
  • Social needs 
  • Mental health needs 
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  •  The school ethos values all pupils
  • Behavioural management systems encourage pupils to make positive decisions about behavioural choices.
  • The schools' behaviour policy identifies where reasonable changes can be made to minimise the need for exclusions.
  • Risk assessments are used and action is taken to increase the safety and inclusion of all pupils. 
  • The school provides effective pastoral care for all pupils
  • Support and advice is sought from outside agencies to support pupils where appropriate. 
  • Pupils are placed in small groups at Moorbridge with two key members of staff.
  • Small group programmes are used to improve social skills and help pupils deal more effectively with stressful situations. 
  • Outdoor learning is used to offer different approaches to the curriculum. A robust reward system is in place with Friday Rewards for those who have earned them.
  • We have a dedicated behavioural manager to assist all pupils
  • Each Key Stage has a Link Worker to liaise closely between home and school
  • Information and support is available within school for behavioural, emotional and social needs. 

 Sensory and Physical Needs Eg: 

  • Hearing/Visual impairment 
  • Multi-sensory impairment 
  • Physical and Medical Needs 
  •  Support and advice is sought from outside agencies to support pupils where appropriate
  • ICT is used to increase access to the curriculum
  • Support to access the curriculum and develop independent learning
  • Advice and guidance is sought and acted upon to meet the needs of pupils who have significant medical needs 
  • Access to Medical interventions
  • Referral to Occupational Therapy as needed
  • Access to to programmes to support Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy 
  • Support with personal care if and when needed.
  • Staff receive training to ensure they understand the impact of sensory need upon teaching and learning. 
  • Specific staff administer medicines in school
  • All staff understand the medicine administration policy
  • The SENCO completes any necessary training in order to offer advice and guidance to staff about the needs of pupils 
  • Entrances to school allow wheelchair access
  • The school has disabled toilets




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.


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Moorbridge PRU,
Feb 27, 2017, 9:06 AM
Moorbridge PRU,
Feb 27, 2017, 9:06 AM