Special Educational Needs and Disabilities information

At Sacred Heart Primary school we are keen to provide as much support as possible to families.  If your child has some special educational needs or disabilities, you may feel it useful to contact a support group who can help you to understand your child's needs in more detail.  The Newcastle 'Local offer'  is for you and your family if you have a child or young person in the family with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).  Below is the website link for the SEND local offer and some other information that may be of use to you; we recognise that this is not an exhaustive list and you may well just want to speak to a member of school staff.  Please do not hesitate to come in to school  and speak to Mrs McKenna, the school's SEND coordinator, or any member of the school staff.


Newcastle Families United

We are a network for parents, carers and families of children with disabilities.

We aim to connect families with agencies, organisations and professionals, as well as with other families, providing a structured way to share information and work together to improve services and provisions for parent carers and children with disabilities.

We fulfil a number of functions from an informal support group to participation in planning and policy-making

Our activities include;

Pass it on Parents - we share ideas and information from parents on our Facebook page

Short Breaks - we manage the Berwick caravan for Newcastle children with disabilities and their families

Individual Budgets - We strongly believe in the value of parent to parent support, and would like to help other parents explore individual budgets for their children, by sharing experience and knowledge at one of our drop-in sessions or coffee mornings

We are Newcastle's Parents Forum

Who to contact


0191 277 4605







Twitter: @Families_Utd

 Contact a Family

Contact a Family North East provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children (0 to 19 years of age) no matter what their condition or disability, living anywhere in the North East.

We are part of the national charity Contact a Family, the leading provider of advice, information and support to parents and carers of disabled children.  

We provide information on a wide range of issues including specific condition information, where to go locally for help and support and links to national and local parent support groups.

Our parent advisers can offer general information, information about special educational needs, and advice to families whilst their child or young person is in a hospital or hospice in the region.

We produce quarterly newsletters and weekly email bulletins (during term times) with information about support groups, events, leisure opportunities for children and young people, workshops, and news and resources that may be useful for families. Contact the North East office to be added to our mailing list. We also produce a wide range of nationally produced parent guides.

We run workshops for parents/carers on issues such as siblings, sleep, behaviour, coping and support. They give parents/carers the chance to come together for mutual support and are planned to meet local need.

We also have a national Freephone helpline with Education and Benefits specialists available to offer advice. That number is 0808 808 3555

Who to contact


0191 213 6300 Alternative telephone: 0808 808 3555





Where to go


Contact a Family North East


The Dene Centre Castle Farm Road Gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1PH


Pathways 4 All

Pathways4All provides leisure and social opportunities for children with disabilities and additional needs in the North East of England. All children need a place to play and opportunities to socialise with their friends, but for some children with disabilities and additional needs, accessing community facilities can…

Rising Sun Country ParkWhitley RoadBentonNE12 9SS

0191 266 5233


Thomas Bewick School/National Autistic Society

Family, Advice and support team

Family, Advice and support team provides information, advice, support and training for parents and carers who have children and young people with special needs or a disability aged 0 to 25 years.

Family Advice Workers can give practical support around issues relating to your child/young person, working across all agencies including education, social care, health, benefits, leisure and housing.

What can our Family Advice Workers do for you?

  • We give information, advice and support on issues relating to your disabled children or young people.

  • Initially we will speak to you on the phone and where appropriate arrange a visit to discuss issues affecting your child oryoung person.

  • Assist you to identify and prioritise your needs and help you to access relevant services.

  • Give practical support which includes;  making phone calls, coming to meetings with you and helping you write your parental views.

  • Provide opportunities for you to meet other parents and carers at our Workshops, Family Information Days and other events.

  • Help you and your child or young person to find suitable social and leisure opportunities.

    What types of information do we produce?

  • Monthly Newsletters.

  • Information booklets on: ADHD, Autism, Concessions, Dyslexia, Education, Epilepsy, Holidays, Sex and Relationships, Transition and Transport.

  • Facebook page

  • Twitter

    What else can the Family, Advice and support team do for you?

  • Workshops and Family Information Days.

  • We feedback the experiences and needs of our members to groups that plan services.

  • We work in partnership with other groups to influence service provision and the development of new and existing services.

  • Family, Advice and support team aims to raise awareness of the needs of families with disabled children and young people.

    You are not alone in having children with special needs; we are here to support you.

    Please visit Northeast Special Needs Network website for more information.

    Who to contact


    0191 281 8737





    PLEASE NOTE that the SEND policy is currently under review.  The revised policy will be posted once approved by the Governing Body.