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At Brighton Avenue School every child is a star and therefore all children deserve the very best. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school and ensure that the necessary provision is in place to cater for all groups of children including those who have SEN (Special Educational Needs), language barriers or areas of vulnerability. In 2012 we achieved national Gold Inclusion Award Standard in recognition of our efforts in this area.

All children are rigorously tracked and monitored in order for us to indicate children which would benefit from additional support and also to identify what their barriers to learning may be. Our SENDCo (Mrs Miller) and teaching assistants have been trained in specific educational needs and now provide tailored sessions to individuals or small groups of children in order to support them in making progress across the curriculum areas.

Children identified as having a special educational need will be given an LP (Learning Plan) which is a set of short term targets drawn up in collaboration with the teacher and the child. These are shared amongst all staff working with the child as well as with parents twice a year at target setting evenings. Children with SEN will be given weekly intervention sessions to work on their targets.


On some occasions specific children or families may need additional outside support from professionals trained in defined areas of special educational needs, parenting, financial support or health issues. If this is the case, parents are invited into school to discuss this and parental consent is sought to seek further support. A Common Assessment Framework (CAF) may be carried out in order to create a Team around the Family (TAF) to generate multi-agency support. A statutory assessment of needs may also be carried out and in some cases a legal document will be issued by the local authority setting out the rights of the child in an Education and Healthcare plan (EHC plan) formally known as a statement of special educational needs.


As we have a range of languages spoken in our school, we also a member of staff who support children with English as an additional language. We have excellent procedures in place for welcoming new arrivals and translating information in order to support our new families.


If you do have a concern about your child or if you wish to discuss specialist provision/strategies or any of the aforementioned, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Mrs A Miller

Assistant Head Teacher of Inclusion

Telephone:  0191 4218080


National SENDCO award obtained Oct 2014

Special Educational Needs


School Offer

At Brighton Avenue Primary School we believe the principles set out in the New SEN Code of Practice (2014) that ‘all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they…’:

  • Achieve their best,
  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives,
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood.



Our aim is to ensure all children are supported in order that they may work confidently towards reaching their full potential and this will be done by:

  • Involving children, their parents and young people in decision- making.
  • The early identification of children and young people’s needs and early intervention to support them.
  • Greater choice and control for young people and parents over support.
  • Collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support.
  • High quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN.
  • Having a focus on inclusive practice and removing barriers to learning.
  • Successful preparation for adulthood, including independent living and employment.
  • Adopting a whole school approach to the identification, assessment and provision for children with special educational needs .
  • Creating individual Learning Plans for children with SEN and incorporate these into curriculum planning .
  • Ensure that assessment and record-keeping systems provides means of recording attainment and achievement and the effectiveness of interventions in place .
  • Involving the Governing Body and all staff, both teaching and non-teaching, in the regular review, development and evaluation of policy and guidelines


The staff of Brighton Avenue Primary School believe that all members of the school should be treated with respect; have individual, diverse needs recognised, and be given the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of age, ability, religion, gender or culture.


For more information about Special Educational Needs at Brighton Avenue, please refer to the following policies:

We have also published some frequently asked questions about the school offer here at Brighton Avenue. Please click on the link below for more information:

Local Offer


Gateshead has published a Local Offer which sets out information about provision available across education, health and social care for children and young people in the area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.


For more information please click on the link below