SEN Information Report

SEN Information Report 

Moorbridge PRU: SEN Information Report 

Moorbridge PRU is part of the North Tyneside Council Local Offer (the package of services available in the authority for young people with SEN and their families.

 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 in KS4.

 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 they are 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 to 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 SEN Provision shows you how we support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

 We consult with pupils and their families on our provision through:


  • Regular Pupil Progress Conferences at Moorbridge and Target Setting where parents/carers are invited to meet  key teachers and other staff
  • SEN Reviews as needed
  • Statutory Annual Reviews of EHCP
  • The Initial Meeting for parents/carers, the pupil and any other supporting adults to talk with the Pastoral Manager, Link Worker and Senior Staff, as well as representatives from referring schools. 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.

Identifying students with SEN:

Many of our students have already been identified as having SEN by their referring schools. Other needs are diagnosed whilst pupils are at Moorbridge.

Our protocol for identifying SEN is that all pupils are given Baseline tests on arrival. Some difficulties (such as Reading ability) are identified during these tests. Other needs (such as processing difficulties) may be highlighted by our staff. Any member of staff can submit an SEN "cause for concern" through the Key Stage coordinators. THE SENCO and SEN team will then carry out tests or observations to determine the category of need and advise on what type of support is needed.

Assessment and Review:

We hold an assessment week every term where all students are tested in the Core subjects (English, Maths and Science). Our data manager enters all data on a tracker. Senior staff analyse all data to identify gaps in progress for different groups of children, including those with SEN.

Individual SEN targets are reviewed on a termly basis and new targets are set. These are in addition to the behavioural and Literacy/ Numeracy targets all pupils have.


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.

We have a "Vulnerable Learners" register which identifies all students who receive additional intervention (anything other than normal classroom differentiation). Some students may be identified as needing an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan). Staff work hard to prepare a comprehensive referral and collect information from other services such as CAMHS and Language and Communication. The process is very person-centred - we work in partnership with the Local Authority SARS (Statutory Assessment and Review Service) and parents and carers/ pupils are involved at every stage.

All pupils on our "Vulnerable Learners" register have a SEND plan detailing their individual targets. We use a format which is common across North Tyneside - this helps if pupils transfer schools.

Transition to post-16 education:

All pupils in Year 11  have a SEND/ Transition plan which is prepared after they have had support through Connexions. We work hard to ensure all pupils have a realistic and aspirational post-16 placement (education, employment or training). All pupils transferred successfully to an appropriate destination in Summer 2016. SEN pupils are offered additional transition visits to FE providers; accompanied by familiar staff. We have very close relationships with local colleges and Transition coordinators attend SEND planning meetings on a regular basis.

Post-16 provision is discussed at reviews from an early age. We encourage all our students to have high aspirations for their future and set appropriate learning goals.

Inclusion and Pupil Voice:

All students at Moorbridge are taught in mixed ability groups. The size of these groups may vary according to the needs of children; for example pupils with anxiety issues may work in smaller groups. Reasonable adjustments are made to curricular and extra-curricular activities to allow all pupils with SEN to play a full part in all aspects of school life. We are extremely committed to equality of all kinds, therefore all school trips/ activities and extra-curricular activities are open to all eligible pupils unless a risk assessment has identified that a child's participation would cause a Health and Safety risk to themselves, other students or staff.

Pupils with SEN have regular opportunities to formulate their own targets and, with support from staff, contribute their own views at reviews. Pupils with SEN are representatives on School Council.


There are a number of other people who come to Moorbridge to work with pupils.  They include:


  • Educational Psychologists- our assigned professional is:  Sarah Brooks and we have visits from other members of the team.  Pupils are generally referred to this service by the SENCO or by the pupils original school.  
  • Child and Family Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Health Services
  • Family Partners/ Locality Team
  • EHA team
  • Tyne Gateway
  • Children's Social Care
  • Acorns
  • Occupational Therapist – Katie Clitherow visits pupils on her list.  
  • Police –have close links with Moorbridge and visit regularly to take part in PHSE 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.
  • Connexions (who provide support with Post-16 education and training)
  • Language and Communication
  • Speech and language Services
  • Sensory Services

Referrals are made, where appropriate,  by the SENCO and SEN team for specialist SEN support services.


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 Achievement 7 Reports 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. Transitions are bespoke to the needs of the child and can be gradual.


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 and experienced Special Needs Co-ordinator provides advice and guidance to staff and pupils.  She is:  Ms Julie Kalama (BA, PGCE, SENCO).

In Moorbridge, ALL teachers are teachers of SEN. Our provision starts with the philosophy that, regardless of ability, all pupils deserve access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated to their own needs. As well as special provision for SEN, we realise that all children learn in different ways. Therefore teachers try to incorporate different learning styles into their lessons. Many of our children are kinaesthetic learners (students who prefer to learn whilst moving about) and enjoy hands-on learning with regular movement breaks. Our Moorbridge Sports Academy includes several pupils with SEN who are motivated and engaged through Sport and given additional nurturing and social opportunities.

During Spring 2017, all staff received training on the EHCP (Education, Health and Care plans) process - from start to finish. All staff now contribute to the process of preparing paperwork for consideration of Statutory Assessment by taking part in meetings to gather information and share strategies.


 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 North Tyneside 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.  Our EHA Coordinator, Gail Kendal completes EHAs (Early Help Assessments) with families.

Emotional Health and Well-being

We recognise that students with SEN often experience difficulties with Mental Health. We have a dedicated member of the Leadership Team, Lorraine Brewis, who supports the Emotional Health and Wellbeing of both pupils and staff. She is trained in delivering TAMHS (Teenage Mental Health support) to pupils who require this. Referrals can be made by staff, parents/ carers or by self-referral from a pupil.

We are committed to the Emotional Health network within North Tyneside schools and use resources from the "Emotional Health" toolkit. In September 2017, 14 staff will be trained as Mindfulness champions. They will then be able to teach mindfulness relaxation and stress management techniques to pupils.



 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 restorative work as part of this intervention and parents/carers are invited to be fully involved. All pupils at Moorbridge have behaviour targets which are reviewed regularly.  

 Behaviour and anti-bullying policies are regularly reviewed.  Our student council have worked really hard on producing a young person friendly version of our bullying policy which is accessible to all students. 

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.

Our Education Psychologist, Sarah Brooks holds monthly surgeries with all staff to discuss children who are causing particular concern and share strategies.

 If you would like further information about what we offer here at Moorbridge, then please contact Julie Kalama on 0191 6436170

Evaluating effectiveness

SEN provision at Moorbridge is monitored by the Headteacher and governors through performance management. We also carry out annual  staff and parent audits and questionnaires to establish staff and parent confidence in our procedures.


Any parent (or in the case of Looked After Children - designated carer) who wishes to make a complaint about SEN provision at Moorbridge should, in the first instance, make an appointment to meet with the SENCO. We will make every effort to resolve issues informally and accommodate parental wishes. If a parent feels that the issue has not been resolved to their satisfaction they should approach the Head teacher and/ or the Chair of Governors; Joyce McCarthy. Representatives of Looked After Children can also approach the Head of the Virtual School for Looked after Children; Jane Pickthall.

We are happy to provide copies of the school's SEN policy on request.




School entitlement to pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities

Our practice is guided by the 2015 Code of Practice for SEND -

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 (COP) provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (the Act) and associated regulations, and applies to England. It came into force in September 2014 and was last revised in January 2015.


 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/ calming rooms. 
  • Constant support/supervision (2 adults in every class)
  • 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 (as directed by Language and Communication Team.
  • Strategies to reduce anxiety and promote emotional well-being
  • 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 
  • Use of social stories/ narratives
  • Very clear expectations and boundaries/ preparation for change.

 Cognition and Learning Needs Eg:

  •  Moderate Learning Difficulties
  •  Specific Learning Difficultes
  •  1:1 interventions to promote/develop literacy and numeracy
  • Small group Maths booster programme.
  • 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. 
  • Data is rigorously analysed to identify pupils who are not making expected progress.
  • 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.
  • Readers and scribes are used routinely in lessons for students with identified need. 

 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. This is adapted to meet the needs of individuals so all children can succeed.
  • The school's behaviour policy identifies where reasonable adjustments 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.
  • Nurturing model within classrooms.
  • Key link workers are allocated to all pupils.
  • Some students have greeters who escort them into the building and settle them.
  • Staff are being trained as "Mindfulness champions" who will teach students Mindfulness strategies.
  • 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
  • Special arrangements are put in place for exams to minimise anxiety for pupils.
  • Information and support is available within school for behavioural, emotional and social needs. 
  • Close liaison with CAMHS to share strategies for Mental Health.
  • Dedicated member of the leadership team with responsibility for Emotional Health and Wellbeing of students and staff.
  • Implementation of North Tyneside Emotional Health toolkit.

 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
  • Adapted materials/ exam papers for students with visual impairment. 
  • 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 which are also gender neutral.




Parents/carers can contact North Tyneside SENDIASS for impartial information, advice and support in relation to their child's special educational need and/or disability on  0191 6438317

If a parent  ( or anyone else) is concerned about a child's welfare they can contact the Front Door at North Tyneside Council for advice and sign posting to other services.  The number is 0345 2000 109.


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Feb 27, 2017, 9:06 AM