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Updated: 06-05-22

South Tyneside SENDIASS Update

SEND Review Consultation - Social Media Post

Harton Academy has been asked by SENDIASS (a service offered to help provide information, advice and support to parents / carers of children with additional needs, jointly commissioned by South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and South Tyneside Council) to share the following:

The Government is currently looking for feedback on the SEND green paper recommendations. We’ve been asked by the organisations partnered with the DofE to lead on SEND participation to exploring putting together an opportunity for young people in South Tyneside to provide their feedback.

There’ll be three different sessions available – Two focussing on transitions (which is being led by young people) and one further topic.

Here is a document that explains briefly what the opportunity is and how young people can get involved if they’re interested.

Young people or their parents can get in touch directly to discuss the opportunity. Our website also has the facility for families to make a referral themselves.

Here is a copy of the updated young people’s pocket guide which was co-produced with the Autistic Young People’s group last year, which explains the SENDIASS offer to young people. It also includes information about our SEND Youth Forum (open to 14+).

SEND An Update – Issue 2

South Tyneside Local Authority have asked all schools to share the new quarterly newsletter – SEND An Update. If you would like this in hard copy, please contact the Equal Opportunities Department in school. In this issue, you will find a featured short story by our Year 10 student Sophie Carr.

Click here to download the latest SEND An Update. * Adobe PDF reader required.


Coffee and Catch Ups

Coffee and catch ups



Flyer for information meeting for virtual programmes 2021 2022 with dates

flyer for information meeting for virtual programmes 2021 2022 with dates


Click here to download the leaflet. * Adobe PDF reader required.

Year 6, take a sneak peak at the Equal Opportunities Department here at Harton Academy.

SEND An Update

South Tyneside Local Authority have asked all schools to share the new quarterly newsletter – SEND An Update. If you would like this in hard copy, please contact the Equal Opportunities Department in school.

Click here to download the latest SEND An Update. * Adobe PDF reader required.



South Tyneside ADHD Support Group

South Tyneside ADHD Support Group


Dates for the year for our mental health parent/carer support group in South Tyneside!

The sessions are aimed at those parents/carers of children and young people who have experienced difficulties with their mental/emotional health and who may have accessed services either now, or in the past,  giving parents/carers a chance to meet and develop their understanding on some of the services South Tyneside has to offer.

Mental Health - Parent and Carer Peer Support Group

EarlyBird, EarlyBird Plus & Teen Life in South Tyneside

We offer parent support programmes to families who have a child who has a diagnosis of Autism.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are currently offering our programmes via Video call using ‘Zoom’.

If you are interested in one of our programmes please come to one of our virtual information meetings on Zoom which will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday 13th January 2021 Friday 12th March 2021 | Friday 14th May 2021

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Each session will be from 12 noon until approximately 12:45

You will need to send us an email and we will send you a link for the information meeting nearer the time

Any further queries please call Claire and Maria 0191 424 6030; Edelle 0191 424 6102 or 07484029990 (term time only); or Nicola 0191 489 7358 (term time only)

TeenLife Leaflet

ASD Support Group (V1) (003)

School travel fact file 2021

Peer Network Session Flyer YEAR – Download Flyer

Peer Network Session Flyer YEAR

IHA Flyer-1

IHA Flyer-2


SEND Education Provision Survey for Parents/Carers

South Tyneside Council is eager to hear from parents/carers to learn about their experience of SEND services in the local area.

Please take part in the following survey about your experience of Special Educational Needs Provision provided by your child/young person’s education setting.

It will take roughly five minutes to fill in.

To say thank you for taking part, you will be entered in our prize draw where you could win an Amazon Voucher worth:

1 x £50
1 x £30
2 x £10

Please provide your contact details at the end of the survey.

Winners will be announced on 10 May 2021.

SEN – Transport Letter to Parents 2021

Dear Parent/Carer

The application process for Home to School Transport arrangements for your child for the next academic year is now open. The direct link to the online application can be found here:

Please note that, as we have a high number of applications to process, we can only guarantee that transport will be in place for September if we receive your completed application by 4th May 2021. Any applications received after this date will still be processed but we cannot guarantee that transport will be in place for the start of the new school year.

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Letter to parents and carers of children and young people with SEND, their families and those who support them. 

On Monday 22 February, the Prime Minister announced that all children and young people should attend their educational setting from the 8 March. Alongside this, the government published a document setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England: COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 – GOV.UK ( and the Secretary of State wrote to all parents, carers and guardians ( 

I am writing to you today to highlight key information and support which is provided for children and young people with SEND as they return to full attendance at schools and colleges. I want to start by thanking you all, as well as schools and colleges for your tremendous efforts in supporting the education, health and wellbeing of our children and young people during this current national lockdown… 

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To all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them.

As you will be aware, on Monday 4th January, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which is expected to last until at least mid-February. Unfortunately, this means we have to return to restrictions on attendance at schools and colleges. I know that these restrictions are a source of anxiety for many children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.

As the Minister for Children and Families, I am committed to ensuring that appropriate education and support is available for all children and young people during the national lockdown, whether they are attending their education setting or at home. I am grateful to the families who provide care to their children and the professionals who work tirelessly to support them…

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SEND Parents/Carers Quick Christmas Survey with Prizes

This survey is aimed at parents and carers of children and young people with SEND and we would be grateful if you could spend two minutes to tell us how you get information and advice to support you and your child/young person. We will use what you tell us to make it easier for parents and carers to find the information and advice they need.

For a chance to win a fantastic prize in our Christmas draw leave your details at the end of the survey. You could win one of the following:

  • A Christmas hamper with the ultimate festive selection of festive treats for all the family to enjoy (worth £95)
  • A £30 Amazon voucher
  • A £20 Amazon voucher

All responses must be submitted by Monday 21st December and we will be drawing the winner on Facebook live on the 22nd December at 12:30pm so be sure to follow us on Facebook

Click the link to take part


What Can You Expect from you School


South Tyneside Local Offer now has a Facebook page. The page will be used to promote what is going on in the local area, engagement opportunities and events.

Preparing for Adulthood booklet which has been prepared by SEND Services Team.

Virtual Parental Engagement Events

We are excited to announce that our first series of parental engagement events will be 3 virtual Q &A sessions.

This is an opportunity for parents and carers to ask questions and share experiences of SEND services for children and young people in South Tyneside.

You’ll also hear about the exciting new approach to involving parents and carers in decisions about SEND services in the borough.

Andy Ritchie (Service Manager – SEND Access & Inclusion) will answer your questions about SEND services for children and young people in South Tyneside and the help and support available for their families. You’ll also meet Mehrnaz and Becca, our new SEND Participation Workers, as well as Catherine Ratcliffe from Contact (a support organisation for Parent Carer Forums).

This ‘question and answer’ session is the first step in a new engagement approach that will ensure parents have a strong voice in the provision of SEND services in South Tyneside. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey to improve services for families and our SEND Local Offer.

The dates for these events are:

Tuesday 21st October 10:30-11:00
Wednesday 22nd October 19:00-19:30
Thursday 23rd October 13:30-14:00.

There are limited spaces available, so please book your space early.


During Lockdown, some young people have really struggled. Below is a link to a booklet that may explain some of the behaviours that you may have noticed and gives some strategies to help ground this behaviour.



North Cumbria and North East Children and Young People July 2020 Newsletter


Please find link to a simple outline of what South Tyneside College to do to support parents and students with additional needs on the Foundation Learning Programme.

STC – Foundation Learning Postcard

For any year 10’s returning to school the week commencing 15th June, please find below a social story giving further details:

Returning to school – what can you expect

What is a school bubble?

When you go back to school you will be in a bubble.

This is strange – it doesn’t mean a real bubble. At school you are going to stay in the same small group of people all through the school day.

You are going to stay together for lessons and work, to eat lunch and at break time. You will use the same toilets and sinks as people in your group.

They have called it a ‘bubble’ because you are being protected by not doing things with other groups (like being inside of a bubble, even though you are not in a real bubble).

It is good to remember that washing your hands, staying 2 metres apart from other people and not touching your face are good ways to keep us all safe. Using the hand sanitisers around the school is another good way.

What will my school day look like?

There will only be roughly 67 Year 10 students in school each day. They will be split into smaller groups of about 22/23 students. You will arrive at school and leave school at the same time as those 22/23 students. Those students will be split into smaller ‘bubbles’ of about 7/8 students. You will stay with those students all day. You will work, eat lunch and take breaks together.

When you arrive at school, you will go to the area outside the 1936 Building (the old building). You must stand on the yellow lines on the ground, which mark a safe 2-metre distance from other students. Your teacher will come and meet you and take you to your classroom.

You will have all of your English, maths and science lessons in the same bubble and in the same classroom. You may have different teachers throughout the day for different lessons. Your timetable will tell you what lessons you have each week.

You can bring a packed lunch or your teacher will give you a choice of sandwiches or wraps. You will eat your lunch in the dining hall. You will be told where to sit in the dining hall.

At break time, either you will stay in your classroom or you may be taken outside for some fresh air.

You will be told which toilets you can use and you must use those only. You cannot use any other toilets in school.

You cannot bring anything to school, apart from a packed lunch. All stationery will be provided. You will be able to take the pen home with you. The ruler and calculator will be cleaned after you leave the classroom.

It is ok to ask questions. It is ok to talk to students in your bubble at appropriate times.

You must remember to wash your hands throughout the school day and stay 2 metres away from other people.

FREE parent online workshops funded as part of the DfE SEND programme for the North East region. 

Managing sleep on 9th June

Speech, Language and Communication on 16th June

Information for young people regarding self-care and well-being

During this time of uncertainty and recommendations to distance yourself from others, you may worry about how you will cope. Here are a few ideas about how you can protect your Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing

Secondary Mental Health Pack


Advice for parents

Here are a few tips for parents to consider with regards to keeping their children physically and mentally secure.

Advice for parents Pack

If you are in need of urgent mental health care for yourself or your child, call the Crisis Team on 0191 5665500 or free via 111.

To all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them…

Click here to read letter: Joint DHSC & DFE Ministerial Letter


If you haven’t seen it already please find below, a link to new SEND Parent’s toolkit which is available on BBC Bitesize –

South Tyneside Local Offer with resources for families with SEND can be found using the following link: