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Special Educational Needs

(Updated September 2023)

Our mission is to promote a sense of self-worth through an understanding that each one of us is precious to God. We will achieve this through providing a quality education, in a happy and secure environment, developing relationships of trust within a Christ centered community.

St Mark's RC Primary School Mission Statement


Our Mission Statement is the back drop for all we do in school, including our work with our children with additional learning needs. This document gives families information about the variety of ways we support our children with special educational needs (SEN) to help them reach their potential. We provide a full range of support and strive to secure improved outcomes for our SEN children. 

The information here is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and support where necessary.

Information Report, SEN Policy and Parent Handbook see link at the bottom of the page



For all children at St Mark’s School who have an additional need we:

  • Recognise that the family is the expert on their child and work in partnership with them.
  • Deliver quality first teaching, adapting the curriculum and our resources to ensure children can access the learning.
  • Employ a fully qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and a fully qualified Assistant SENCO ,to lead on SEN provision across the school.
  • Assess and review the learning of our SEN children, using that information to inform future planning and teaching.
  • Provide teaching assistants in each class who work with SEN children and also, importantly, support other children so that the teacher has more opportunities to work with the SEN children to ensure all children achieve.
  • We provide targeted intervention in a 1:1 or small group setting which is delivered by a designated SEN teaching assistant in a calm, quiet environment.
  • SENCO to hold regular meetings with teachers\teaching assistants, to review progress, interventions and resources for each child and to adapt the provision where necessary.
  • Support our families with children with SEN, through regular informal contact with school and more formally through review meetings. Families are also advised of other services and organisations which may offer further advice and support.
  • Seek advice from outside agencies to ensure each child’s needs are fully identified and understood and to learn from specialists how best to support our SEN children.
  • We evaluate intervention groups and strategies on a termly basis.
  • Regularly evaluate our teaching resources to ensure they are accessible to all SEN children.
  • Ensure our school activities and trips, are accessible to all our SEN children.
  • Hold termly review meetings with families for children with SEN.
  • Provide on-going SEN training and information for teachers and teaching assistants via external providers and in-house training.
  • Liaise closely with secondary schools at transition times to ensure SEN pupil information is clearly communicated and recommendations heard so that the move to secondary school is as smooth as possible.

We provide specific provision for the different areas of need. The next few pages explain the detail of this support

If you would like further information, or a chat, please contact Mrs Melanie Henderson SENCO by email or telephone on 0191 2869349


Please use this link to find out more about Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority's local offer.

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) | Newcastle City Council Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

SENDIASS (Newcastle Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service) has now replaced Parent Partnership Services Please contact on 0191 284 0480 or by email at  ask for Sarah Francis.