Berwick Hills Primary School

Berwick Hills Primary School

Westerdale Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 7QH

01642 245 598

Special Education Needs and Disabilities


At Berwick Hills Primary School, we aim to meet the individual educational needs of all children in order to enable them to meet their individual potential. We follow the  Government’s Code of Practice on Special Educational Needs.

Special Educational Needs are the responsibility of all staff within the school. With assistance from the LA, the school funds a number of teaching assistants who work with children either individually or in groups, to support learning in the classroom.

At Berwick Hills Primary School, we have a team dedicated to supporting children.

This team includes:

  • Mrs Parker-Hack, Deputy Head is also the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and the designated teacher for Child Protection.
  • Mrs Helen Dalton is the Families Services Lead and will advise and support parents in addition to leading on Early Help support.
  • Mrs Sara Dawson works with children to support emotional, social and behavioural issues.
  • Mrs Kendra Birch supports the teaching of children with learning difficulties.
  • The School Nursing Service can be contacted to offer advice and support regarding the health and well-being of children.
  • We have a counsellor from CATs (Child and Adolescent Therapy Solutions) who can offer to counsel individual children and support parents.

The school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator ( SENCO), meets with staff, parents and other professionals regularly in order to discuss individual children’s needs. Sometimes additional specialists are involved, such as the Educational Psychologist, School's Advisory Service, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist. Our school SENCO can be contacted on 01642 245598 or by email at

We warmly welcome parents to Berwick Hills Primary School and actively encourage parents' involvement in their child’s learning. Regular coffee mornings are held by Paula and Helen and there are many opportunities for parents to work alongside their children in the class. Regular sessions are held to share with parents, ways to support their child with aspects of learning such as developing reading skills, phonics and maths at home.

Useful links to other organisations

Parents’ toolkit: SEND  this provides additional resources, activities and support for all ages and needs:

ChatterPack – a voluntary-run, special educational needs and disabilities hub offering free resources, advice and information. 

The Sensory Projects – provides a useful list of inclusive resources helpful for those looking for activities to do whilst staying home and staying safe.

Resources for families seeking advice for children's mental health

Resources for families seeking advice for children's mental health

A charitable membership organisation that supports education practitioners

This site has phonics activities and useful sequencing activities.

Other Sources of help/support:

Social Care  01642 726004

School Nurse  01642 848000

Middlesbrough SEN & Pupil Support Team -01642 201831

For further information please refer to the SEN Information Report and the Inclusion Policy

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