Family Information and PTA updates 24 June 2022

What beautiful weather we have had this week and an active one for students? Sports Days, trips out and lots for me to enjoy outside my room. When I see the happy faces around school it makes my heart sing.

Dare I mention that the end of the school year is just 4 weeks away? I’m on the lookout for suggestions for activities so please, if you know of anything others would enjoy email it to me or add to our Facebook page. I try to add different things, which will suit the different ages, abilities and interests of our students. This week is no exception.

The Little Falcon

My day started with a lovely visit from Toby with the 3 copies of the book which I ordered. So determined am I to spread positivity amongst my family, I’ve purchased 1 for a Teacher and 1 for an LD Nurse in my family. I know my 24 year old former PHS student will love the rhyming and illustrations. Toby is so proud to be the inspiration behind this beautifully written and illustrated book. Below is one of the illustrations in the book. See my previous blogs if you would like to order a copy


Duke of Edinburgh: North East Homeless

I had a visit last week from 3 very enthusiastic students from Philip Coates class. As part of the DofE volunteering they have chosen to collect for North East Homeless. We located a very large box, which they have decorated beautifully, and is in the dining hall.  As we know how generous families are, it would be lovely if we could even half fill this box for them. Please see the poster below

Parent workshops/training  

It was lovely to see the resumption of an information event for parents this week, a  Phonics session facilitated by Becky Finn. Sessions are rarely for the whole school, but are sent to the parents/carers for whom the session is relevant. The feedback from those who joined was all positive. Becky does plan to do an online version and we will let you know when this is available.

We welcome suggestions from parents/carers of sessions you feel may help you, but assure you that school staff also identify them too.


There is a new post on our E-Safety blog on “What parents and carers need to know about Group Chats”.

The E-Safety information is regularly updated, can be found on the school website under the heading “Parents and families”, then “E-Safety” from the dropdown menu. If you have any concerns, or would like advice please contact Philip or Maria via your child’s class teacher. they will be happy to provide further information

The link to the E-Safety information is here


SEND Review

#SENDReview Green Paper second WEBINAR: Ask the Minister, Will Quince. Registration open!

The link to register is here

Newcastle Airport

I’m not sure how many of our families travel, or plan to travel by air. I did think it worth sharing that Newcastle International Airport has assistance available to those with additional needs including Autism. Please see link below before you travel. A little advance preparation can make a difference

Support for Carers

I found this on the Family Fund website and thought it might be helpful

Usborne Book Sale

One of our parents is a rep and asked me to share

The link to special offers and sale items is here




Take a look at some of our favourite customer photos taken at this past weekend’s Dino Rextacular event! 📸 Don’t worry if you missed out on the jurassic fun as we’ll have giant dinosaur experiences running for the next 3 weekends! Share your prehistoric photo ops for a chance to win a FREE family day out at Holmside! 🦖
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Summer Dinosaur Events running at Holmside Park for the next 3 weekends near Chester-le-Street! All-day park admission, giant dino trail, plenty of photo ops, unlimited use of 20+ activities + more all included with tickets! ☀️🦖
Activities for all ages (including adults) + no time limits! Perfect for dinosaur mad little ones!
This may be of interest to some, located in Felling, Gateshead.
Nerd Arcade the original retro arcade in the North East! £8 for 2 hours with all arcades set to freeplay! Merchandise store too selling video games, consoles, anime/manga , toy figures and more!
Open Saturday 10am to 6pm 🕹
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Yesterday was a busy PTA meeting day. We had a sub-committee meeting for the summer fayre in the afternoon and our second evening general PTA meeting online. The next PTA meeting will be on Thursday 29th September and, all being well this will be held in school face to face. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all who have supported us; everything we do is for the benefit of your children/young people.

Summer Fayre

The banners are up, advertising the event in case you forget. You have no chance with all the reminders from me. We are still collecting and would appreciate donations of:

  • Bottles, alcoholic and non alcoholic for the bottle tombola and raffle
  • Gifts, for the gift tombola
  • Chocolate, for the chocolate tombola

The PTA committee is conscious that you have been asked for donations for lots of things recently, and know that times are tough for some families. There is no expectation or wish that you stretch tight budgets for us. We would prefer that you came along and enjoyed the fayre.

We can never have too many volunteers; many hands make light work so if anyone in your family/circle could lend a hand on a stall please get in touch with me or Donna. We have flyers to circulate, so if you know of a business willing to display let us know.

Facebook Page

The summer holidays are fast approaching. I would welcome additions to the PTA Facebook page of ideas for days out, discounts, accessibility friendly places to visit and even more important your photos. The link to join the closed Facebook page is here

Have a lovely weekend and hoping the weather holds.



Telephone: 0191 2161811 extension 3260



Family Information and PTA updates 17 June 2022

Coffee afternoon. 

Approximately 20 parents/carers attended the first post pandemic social coffee afternoon on Wednesday. It was lovely to see new new and older parents and to finally put faces to names. As the MOVing all over the world was taking place, most of the parents took up the invitation to see it in action. I had some lovely feedback and hope to continue these half termly.

What you found most valuable:

  • Talking to other parents (unanimous)
  • Meeting parents of children in your child’s class
  • Being inside school
  • Seeing the MOVE event in action
  • Meeting me in person and discussing your issues
  • Meeting some staff (at MOVE event)


Training/workshops for Parents/Carers

We know from past experience how valuable training is for parents and these have now resumed. Earlier in the year the first of these was the online E-Safety one. 2 others are planned, one on phonics, the other on MOVE. I know how valuable I found these as a parent. Whilst we won’t be able to choose a time which suits everyone, it would help to know what times do not work for the majority of families. I shared lots of online sessions available over lockdown but they weren’t accessed, which makes me think people prefer face to face. However, if they are recorded, would this be better for those who can’t get here in person? I know we have families who don’t drive, live a long way from here, have siblings/young children and other barriers to getting here.

Let us know please.



This is a really important part of our work at school, ensuring that our students who do access online platforms are as safe as they can be. Philip Coates who, with Maria Mawdesley’s input adds content weekly has asked me to signpost parents/carers to the E-Safety section of the school website. There you will find recent updates on

  • Tik Tok
  • Apple IOS 16: Family Sharing
  • Staying safe on WhatsAPP
  • Staying safe on YouTube
  • Staying safe on Roblox
  • XBox Family Settings App

You will also find a recording of the online session which Philip ran earlier in the year. It is important that we get feedback from parents/carers on these and Philip and Maria would appreciate it if you would provide this please.

The link to the E-Safety section can be found under the heading “Parents and Families”

and on the link here

Ofsted Parent View

Thanks to those who have completed this Ofsted survey already. Apart from being visible to Ofsted, it gives school some sense of how parents/carers feel about certain aspects of school. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and I would like to see more results.

The link to complete is here

You will, if you haven’t already completed one need to register your email address so that Ofsted can, if they need to verify that the surveys have been completed by current parents/carers.


Personal Assistant Training

Do you employ a Personal Assistant for your child/young person or are you in the process of doing so? Disability North, who advertise positions are offering a 1 day free training session for Personal Assistants. This will be held at Disability North on Thursday June 30th. Full details are on the link below

JuneTraining Flyer V2 – June 22

The Little Falcon: Tracey Horner

I spoke with Tracey this week and she is expecting a delivery of her book in the next week or so. Priced at £6.99, she has had feedback from schools saying it is a very useful teaching tool. My own view is that it is a positive way to teach people about so much more than disability! We hope to have copies for sale at our summer fayre. Tracey will be donating a copy to the school library and 10% of profits to the PTA., for which we are extremely grateful.



Thank you to those who have started sending in donations for the summer fayre. We are always humbled by the generosity of our families. We already have some lovely raffle prizes and, as it will be cloakroom tickets we can only sell these on the day. We have

Champagne, Morrisons voucher, Love 2 shop voucher, Whiskey, Fruit hamper, toys, a Chocolate hamper, Gin hamper and Prosecco hamper. You have to be in it to win it and at the fayre to buy tickets

Next week we would welcome gift sets for our gift tombola, but we will still be collecting bottles, non alcoholic as well as alcohol.

We need volunteers to help run the stalls. Could you or a family member or friend do a couple of hours? If so, please let me know

PTA Meeting

Next Thursday, 23rd June we have our meeting via Microsoft TEAMS in the evening from 19.30-20.30. Donna has asked if there are any items you would like added to the agenda. The link to join the meeting is here

PTA Facebook Group

We have had 3 new members this week, and I hope that you feel it is a useful additional means of communicating about school as well as PTA matters. The link to join the group is here

Until next week; let’s hope the warm, dry weather continues through the weekend at least







Family Information and PTA updates. 10 June 2022

And, just like that we are into our final half term of the 2021-22 academic year. This week has flown by too, so please excuse the shortened version of

Parent/Carer coffee afternoon.

I’m hosting a social coffee afternoon next Wednesday, 15th June from 14-15.00. This is an opportunity to meet other parents/carers and I know pre pandemic were appreciated. I am hoping for a mix of new families and those who have been with us longer. I will want to get some feedback from you to matters that are important to families and on communication from/to school.I have sent a letter today. Please respond; I would hate to run out of biscuits


Father’s Day Sale

The student council has decided they would like to hold a Father’s Day sale this year. You will have received a text/email today about the sale next Friday. Please send in donations and £3 on Friday per gift. The student council would really appreciate your support.


There is a link on our school website dedicated to E-Safety information, something which is so important to keep your children/young people safe online. There are lots of links which are current and have been chosen as being relevant to our school community. I urge you to read these.

It now has weekly updates and Philip Coates is very keen to get some feedback / requests from parents as to whether they are ok with e-safety at home.




Universal Credit and students in non advanced education who are over the age of 16.

I have shared, on Facebook a number of articles from Contact-for families of Disabled children recently. I have been asked by some parents for further information.

In a nutshell, students over the age of 16 were, prior to December 2021 able to apply for Universal Credit, Education and Support Allowance (UC/ESA) element if their parents were not claiming Child Tax Credits. Once a child reaches the age of 20, regardless of where they are in education Child Tax Credit and Child Benefit ceases. These young people would then have claimed UC/ESA in their own right. The changes brought in state that in order to qualify the DWP must have carried out a work capacity assessment prior to the young person commencing the course.

Non advanced education can be a college course, but not a university level one.

It is still very new, and despite my research the outcome/success is unclear. Since the changes were introduced there have been challenges in the high court so there are likely to be changes ongoing.

Some DWP staff I spoke to were unaware of the change. The link below is to the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) information.


Twisting Ducks

Jay Hare

Get creative for #LearningDisabilityWeek with our FREE Drama and Creative writing workshops at #Newcastle City Library for people with learning disabilities and autism (age 16+), on Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd of June. To find out more, and to book your place, visit
Clip n Climb Metrocentre
Wow, this looks fantastic. I took my son there a few years ago and was amazed at how well he did, albeit noisily! An SEN session sounds like great progress
Our all-new SEND sessions provide a safe and fun space for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 💪 They include special equipment, less crowded sessions, and lower noise levels. Our first event is Saturday 11th June at 9am 👉
Centre for Life: Relaxed sessions
 Join us for our monthly Relaxed Sunday Sessions – dedicated quiet time for anyone to access and enjoy the science centre, including autistic people and those with other sensory needs.

Next session: Sunday 12 June, 10.00am – 11.30am. 

Explore the science centre with fewer visitors* and less noise, and enjoy relaxed performances in our planetarium and Science Theatre. Find out what’s on during your visit.

Lighting and sound levels will be altered where possible, to accommodate those with sensory needs. For example, hand-dryers in toilets will be turned off for the duration of the session.

Relaxed Sunday Sessions run from 10.00am – 11.30am. You are welcome to stay after this time if you wish, but please note that our traditional programme, lighting and sound levels will gradually resume from 11.30am.

To support your visit…

  • Ear defenders for both adults and children are available to hire from reception. (£10.00 refundable deposit. Subject to availability).
  • We also have sensory bags available to hire, which include ear defenders, sunglasses, a range of fidgets and a copy of our visual story. (£20.00 refundable deposit. Subject to availability).
  • Before you come, and to help prepare for your visit, you can download our visual story and sensory map. These resources will be available at reception when you arrive, too.

*Numbers for this event are limited.
Are you a carer? Carers come free to Life Science Centre. If you’re booking online, please add a free Carer ticket to your basket and show proof of carer status at reception on arrival.

Any questions?

If you have any specific queries ahead of your visit, or if we can provide further support, please let us know by calling (0191) 243 8223 or emailing


Summer Fayre. 

Please send in donations to make our summer fayre even better than last year. We need:

  • bottles, alcohol, non alcoholic
  • Chocolate
  • Gift sets
  • Raffle prizes.

We held a sub-committee meeting this week and it is looking better each time we update.I’ll share more next week.



Hope: Online production. This week students have started watching the online production called Hope, which was about bullying. I had some feedback from students in Key Stage 4 and they seem to have enjoyed/learned from it.

Outdoor learning area: The mud kitchen and benches are on order

True Colours: We have been given the green light and the 2 days for the whole school are due this half term. Further details will follow. Quite the best part of my week has been listening to them singing that song on a Thursday afternoon. I managed to watch them signing it too.

Platinum memento coins: These were sent out before half term. It would be lovely to have some feedback (co-funded by the PTA)

MOVing All over the World: The PTA will fund resources for these days next week.


Our next PTA Meeting will be in the evening on Thursday 23rd June from 19.30-20.30. It will be via Microsoft Teams. We were very pleased to have new parents join in last time. The link is here.

Facebook page

The link to join our closed Facebook group is here. Please do not invite non Percy Hedley School parents, friends or professionals to join.


Have a lovely weekend



Family Information and PTA News 27 May 2022

What a lovely end to half term it was, seeing the Jubilee party in full swing? The school and PTA has co-funded a memento for each student on the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. I also sent out posters on Ofsted parent View, more on both in the blog.

Social Coffee afternoon

I will be hosting a social coffee afternoon on Wednesday 15th June from 14.00-15.00. I would love to see as many parents/carers as possible and look forward to hearing your views on whatever you wish to share/discuss. It;s a chance to meet other parents/carers too.

Please keep an eye on John’s blog too as we know how important it is for parents to have some workshops and training. I will, where invited support these too. Tell us what would help you and, as a school we will include things we know are important. I can’t stress enough the difference it makes to you supporting your children’s/young people’s progress.

Ofsted Parent View

Prior to an inspection Ofsted will look at a school’s website and although we have a link to the above, it is usually my role to promote and encourage parents/carers to complete their survey. You will find details and a link in the attachment below. If you look at the school website, under the heading parents and families it is there too.


For parents

Ofsted Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think of your child’s school, including:

 – how happy your child is at the school

 – how the school manages bullying or challenging behaviour

If your child has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), we will ask how well the school supports them.

The questionnaire can be completed at any time – you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected.

We will use your responses to help us plan inspections. The information you provide can:

– inform discussions inspectors have with school leaders during an inspection

 – help Ofsted decide when to inspect a school

In addition to this, we also publish the overall summary of the responses to Ofsted Parent View. This information is anonymised.

You will need to register via the link to the survey which is short and specific. Ofsted will collect and save email addresses which they amy check to ensure that responses are from current parent/carers.

If you have difficulty accessing, let me know. This survey is to gather parent views only. Complaints to Ofsted go via their complaints section.



SEND Review

The deadline for responses has been extended to July 22nd.

Below is a quote from the government explanation. However, there is concern amongst charities about the impact of these changes. I would urge parents/carers to read up and use the opportunity of the consultation to say how it will affect your child.

“The government is determined to level up opportunities for all children and young people – without exception. We are just as ambitious for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) as for every other child.

The SEND review sets out government’s proposals for a system that offers children and young people the opportunity to thrive, with access to the right support, in the right place, and at the right time, so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy, healthy and productive adult lives.”

Special Needs Jungle

A parent led charity, which I have referred to in previous updates. They have extensively researched the review with suggestions on how to answer the questions

You can find more information here

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) have launched their parent carer survey on the SEND and Alternative Provision Green Paper.

They would like survey responses from as many parent carers as possible to ensure that their views are heard.

You can complete the survey here

The responses from the survey will be used to inform the NNPCF’s response to the SEND and AP Green Paper consultation.

Please share the link with all of your parent carer contacts and networks. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete and remains open until the 30 June.

Newcastle United:   

I shared information with you a few weeks ago  about season tickets. I told you I had emailed Newcastle United disability office. Here is the response I received this week: You will note that it appears to be a reply to an individual, rather than me.

“We do not currently have information for 2022/23 season tickets nor operate a waiting list for season tickets. General sale may begin in summer 2022; but we do not have a definitive date at this moment in time.

Please keep an eye on our website; any information will be published there, if it becomes available.

We can help you set up an account in advance.

To qualify for a concessions price season ticket, we must see proof of

  • Higher or middle rate disability living allowance issued by the Department of Work & Pensions Receipt
  • Enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • The Access Card (Details available from document which certifies that you are Registered Blind or      Partially Sighted
  • Registration document which certifies that you are Registered Blind or Partially Sighted Veterans Agency letter confirming War Disablement Pension
  • If resident outside of UK, please use equivalent documentation.
  • Attendance Allowance

Please send this proof over to  followed with date of birth, Address and contact number.

Children under the age of 13 do not qualify for a free personal assistant, Is this something you require?

We do have wheelchair allocated seating is this something you will require?”

I would suggest that if you do have a child under the age of 13, who is an avid fan that you query further the age limitation with them.


Reason to – Disability Triathlon

The Reason To – disability triathlon will be held July 10th 2022 at David Lloyd Newcastle.

It promises to be a great event, one which many of our students have taken part in over the years. It is completely inclusive, open to children, young people and adults with a disability.

They do not have to do all 3 events; it is very much tailored to be open to as many as possible, the buzz the sense of achievement and happy faces at the last one in 2019 was so uplifting.

Please see the attached for more information or follow their Facebook page here

Disability Tri 2022

Beamish Museum

There has been lots of investment in developing Beamish, and here’s another new addition.

Just opened today. Coronation Park and Recreation Ground in our 1950s Town… how amazing does it look 😍😍
Tackle the Lambton Worm, tee-off under the Tyne Bridge, slice around Sycamore Gap and hit a hole-in-one on High and Low Force – our mini golf course features holes inspired by North East landmarks and stories.
The park will also include a playground, sandpit, giant draughts board and football area.
Coronation Park is part of the Remaking Beamish project, which also includes The 1950s Town, 1950s Farm, Georgian expansion and transport developments. The Remaking Beamish project was awarded a £10.9million grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2016.

North East Days Out

Here is a link to a Facebook group which may be of interest; it suggests and reviews various attractions/events and places in the North East. Not all will be accessible, but I’d suggest visiting websites to check these details along with any discounts.


Platinum Jubilee memento

The PTA agreed to co-fund a memento of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with school. Local Authority maintained Primary School children are being given a book, but as an independent school we are not. We wanted to mark this occasion. I would like to especially thank Jo Thomas, who did the research and found what we think will be appreciated by families. It looks like this:

We continue to support the MOVE events in school which are differentiated to meet the needs of ALL students and which I can say with confidence meet the needs of all students. The staff rather like them too.There’s another planned for the 2nd week after half term.

We await the now ordered mud kitchen and benches for the outdoor learning area.

I know at least 1 or 2 classes have visited a National Trust property, made possible through PTA support in the form of paying the Annual membership fee.

I do hope that our parents/carers can see how the PTA supports school. We have a small, committed number of parents and school staff without whom this would not be possible.

Summer Fayre: Saturday 16th July 10-14.00

Our plans are progressing nicely and this year we will offer more variety on the food front. Thanks to our catering team for offering to make shortbread, fruit and cheese scones as well as hot dogs and pizza. We will have some Greggs fresh bakes and a cake stall. Are you getting as excited as me?

After half term we will start accepting donations so please think of us if you have bottles, alcoholic or non alcoholic, chocolate of gift sets.


Our next meeting will be an evening one and will be via TEAMS until we can discuss alternatives. The date is Thursday 23rd June from 19.30-20.30. Please join us. the link is here

Facebook group. 

The link to join our closed facebook group is here

Do put this next bit on your calendar. School re-opens on Tuesday 7th June. Wishing you all a lovely half term.


Eileen Robinson: Family Liaison Officer

Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260


Family Information and PTA news 20 May 2022

With half term fast approaching, I am on the lookout for information on activities which will be of interest to families. I would appreciate any help or suggestions you can offer. My contact details are at the end of this message.

I have been contacted by some parents, who asked why their children’s photos aren’t being shared. On investigation, consent for image sharing was not complete. GDPR means we must have permission. I am making contact with some to check whether this has been an oversight, and this list will be updated in the next week.

Reminder: next week is a 4 day week as Friday 27th is a staff training day.

Circus Starr: To those families attending tomorrow I hope you enjoy it. Remember that free tickets are funded by community groups to whom your feedback is important. Thanks to those who have returned tickets they were unable to use: I have managed to redistribute to others. Next year, I think priority will be given to those who were disappointed this year in order to give as many the opportunity of attending at least once in their time at PHS.

Coffee afternoon: 

I am delighted to offer a face to face social coffee afternoon to parents/carers on Wednesday 15th June from 14-15.00. For our families who joined us in the last 2 years this will be, I hope a welcome opportunity to meet with other families. I need to emphasise that the only staff member in attendance will be me and the coffee events I host are separate from the class/departmental ones. The purpose is to meet other families, meet me face to face and answer any queries you may have which are not related to your child’s progress. I would like to know how many to expect so please drop me an email and let me know if you are planning to join me. If there are parents traveling a distance who want to speak with a class team member, it may be possible to arrange it with them directly.


CEA Card

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

I know I have shared this before, but a discussion with a parent who didn’t know about it prompted the repeat.

The Card enables a disabled cinema guest  aged 8+ to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema. It costs £6 per year and evidence of DLA/PIP is required. The agre is relevant as children under this age would not go to the cinema alone. The card has the child’s photo, can only be used by them but the carer does not have to be named.

The link is here


There are various ways of reducing costs for social outings. Max cards, issued by some local authorities is one. Many places have their own policies on concessions, availability of free/reduced carer access. I always suggest looking at their website under “accessibility”.


Newcastle United Football Club: Accessibility         

Thanks to one of our parents, Heather Crozier for reminding me at our PTA meeting and on our facebook page that this information, shared back in 2018 benefitted her family. I am trying to make contact with NUFC disability access team at present.

I know that they worked with some of our students and disabled people in making St James Park more accessible. They have 2 “changing places”, a sensory room, wheelchair spaces, discount on tickets and free carer access where required. You need to be in receipt of:

DLA: Middle or high rate care component or higher rate mobility

PIP: Enhanced rate care or mobility component.

You will need to check directly with NUFC as to what evidence they require, how many seats they allocate for those with disabilities and the current cost of concession tickets. If I hear more, I will share

I attach the link to their accessibility page and think it is excellent.

Smile Through Sport.

Please see their half term activity flyer below. I have also included up to date flyers for term time clubs/activities. Please note that these sessions are now free, but donations are gratefully received. One of the sessions is here, although children need to be supported by family during activities.


Alton Towers.

I don’t know if our families visit, but saw the poster below and thought it worth sharing. I also include a link to their access page.

CJ’s Funhouse: Cramlington

The SEN sessions are Saturday mornings.

Here’s the link to their Facebook page.


Summer Fayre

We are making great progress for an even better fayre than last year. We’ve got a funfair ride company coming along and there will be Tea cups, mini chairoplanes and maybe more. We will start collecting donations after half term for tombolas as follows: 1. Bottle. 2. Chocolate. 3. Gifts. We already have lots of toys for a toy one. We will have an on the day raffle, so prizes would be most welcome. Smile Through Sport are coming to share their information and we have lots of lovely stalls. We hope to have the Community Police, Blood bikes as we did last year. They enjoyed it and have agreed to attend again. There will be food, games and a PTA information stand.


We had 2 meetings this week:

Sub committee Summer fayre planning

The sub committee met in person/online to look at progress. Everything seems to be going well at this stage.

PTA Meeting.

We appreciate those parents who attend/engage with us regularly. Whilst recognising the unique challenges at PHS, our success depends upon responding to family preferences. We will return to face to face meetings for the day meetings and discuss options for evening ones. Some families live quite a distance from school and with caring responsibilities it may not be practical to do face to face in the evening. However, talk to us if you have ideas.

We are looking at the potential of funding a falconry visit into school over 2 days. I will share further information once available.

Our next PTA Meeting will be an evening one: Thursday 23rd June 19.30-20.30 so save that date. Details will follow after half term

PTA Facebook page: 

The link to join the Percy Hedley School PTA page is here

Have a good weekend.

My contact details are:

Eileen Robinson; Family Liaison Officer

Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260




Family Information and PTA News. 13 May 2022

As we race through our penultimate  half term, I’m enjoying the longer evenings immensely. Staff are making best use of the better weather, both on and offsite and things generally seem to be heading in the right direction.

Circus Starr Tickets

We had a higher than expected demand for the Circus Starr tickets this year. We receive 100 tickets, 50 for each performance. Even with a limit of 4 tickets per family, and most families requesting 4 we can only provide them to 25 of our 173 families. I was off last week, due to unforeseen circumstances so there was a delay in circulating. Tickets have been sent by post to those families who were successful. The remaining families are on a waiting list. Could I please ask that:

If your plans have changed and you are no longer able to attend, you return the tickets to me as soon as possible so that I can send to others? 

These tickets are provided free of charge, as a result of community funding. Funders want feedback, so if you attend please do share your experience with them so that these continue. If we receive them next year, we have retained names of those who received them this year and will try to ensure that as many families as possible have the opportunity to attend.


Electric Cars & Accessibility: What Drivers with Disabilities Need to Know – 

I received this and thought it worth sharing.

Reaching out to Families: Inclusion North

Next meeting on zoom is on Friday 17th June from 0.30-12.00

Details are on the link here:

Reaching Out to Families updated flyer June 22

Gateshead Autism Information Hub


Over the past few months I have shared lots of links, suggestions and specific events. I have to admit to running low on ideas at this stage, so would appreciate your help. This could be suggestions, or things which interest you/your young person and family. I will then target my research.There are locality specific ideas on your Local Offer. If you need help with this, please contact me.

Here’s one I haven’t shared

Toby Henderson Trust

This charity, based in Bedlington runs social groups for young people with Autism. There is a “Mates” Senior and Junior group. For more information contact them

via email:



In just over 4 months time over 50,000 people will run from Newcastle to South Shields in the 2022 Great North Run.

The Foundation has limited spaces remaining, so if you are up for a challenge and want to help us raise some valuable funds for Percy Hedley please sign up today.

Sign Up Here

Claire, you are an inspiration and I know other parents are taking part too, with some students entering the mini and junior GNR’s too.


The PTA happily supports school to enhance the learning experience for all students. If your child visits the National Trust, the membership fee to access the grounds is covered by us.

MOVE events. Many of the resources used are paid for by the PTA and I can honestly say that they bring great joy to students and staff, whilst complementing the therapy curriculum.

There are lovely plans to enhance the outdoor learning space which the PTA will support. I can’t wait to see progress in this area.

Summer fayre

I’m sure you hadn’t forgotten we are having a summer fayre and want you to come along, bring your family, friends and anyone you think would enjoy it. I hope to share more specifics in the next couple of weeks.


We have a sub committee for planning the Summer fayre who will meet on Monday.

The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday 17th May from 14-15.00. We are very hopeful of a return to face to face, but on this occasion we will do it on TEAMS as notice is too short for some of the committee. The link to join is here

Facebook Page:

Our membership is growing steadily. Just a reminder that it is for parents/carers and staff of our students. It is a closed group and we do not have permission to share images of every student across all social media, so please do not share images of children other than your own. If they are on the foundation page, you can share. The link to join the Facebook page is here

Let’s hope the heatwave forecast for the weekend comes true, especially if you’re heading for one of the blue flag beaches.

Eileen Robinson

Family Liaison Officer


Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260


Family Liaison and PTA information 6 May 2022

This will be a shorter than usual update so please bear with me.

School Uniform.

We have had a few enquiries about the above. The link can be found on the school website under the heading “Parents and families”, then select “Welcome to Percy Hedley School”. If you scroll to the bottom of that page, the link is there. It is also below.


International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football. IFCPF World CupLogo IFCPF

Did you know this is on at the moment? I saw someone being interviewed and one of our staff, Allen Harrison sent a reminder. There are men’s and women’s events

The link, for those interested in football is here


Newburn Activity Centre. 

This has re-opened following COVID, and I thought ist worth sharing their page. It is a beautiful location, next to the river at Newburn and paths around Newburn Country Park are very accessible. There is free parking too.

I know some parents are interested in hiring adapted bikes. See below

As the weather is warming up☀️why not pop in and hire a bike.
At Newburn we have great routes to follow enjoying the scenery whilst keeping active 🤩
2 hour hire £10👇
Adapted bike hire £13.50
Contact Centre to book 0191 2640014

The link to their Facebook page is here

Eldon Leisure

Eldon Square has bowling, soft play and more. Activities can be booked via the Better UK app.

I hear that SEN Sessions are returning.

Eldon Bowling Monday’s 4pm – 6pm
Eldon Soft Play Tuesdays 5pm -6:30pm

The link to Better UK, Eldon Leisure is here

The rough guide to Accessible Britain.

This guide can be downloaded free on the link below. Pro

The rough guide to accessible Britain



Plans for the summer fayre are progressing well. Ideally, we would like tentative or confirmed offers of help as soon as possible. This year, we hope to allocate time slots to avoid some volunteers working throughout last year, impacting on their ability to join in the fun.

We look forward to sharing more information on exactly what will be on offer within the next month or so.

True Colours:

The PTA agreed to fund 2 days activity for the whole school. I am reliably informed this will happen later this term and will let you know once we have details.

PTA Meeting:

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th May from 14.00-15.00. 

The link to join the meeting is here

We do intend offering a face to face option once decisions are made by our leadership team. I will advise of this as soon as I am aware. We have said that our plan is still to offer a virtual option alongside face to face.

We would love to see more parents/carers join meetings, which are for 1 hour each half term. The evening meeting was good, and we had some new parents join so it is likely this will continue. We are in a position whereby our 2 parent governors are also committee members. This can only be a good thing, to tie in with our aim of enhancing home/school communication.

PTA Facebook page.

The link to join the Percy Hedley School Facebook group is here

Have a good weekend.


My contact details are:


Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260.

Family Information and PTA News 29 April 2022

The weather was kind for the Easter holidays and we are now in the final term. There seems to be lots going on around school. No doubt, as is usual at this time of year the students will be out and about more.

Free School Meals

We have been asked by North Tyneside Council, who provide the (school holiday) vouchers for students eligible for free school meals to contact a few people who had not downloaded their vouchers. I thought it may help to give you the following information:

  • Percy Hedley School provides meals at no cost to all students during the school term.
  • Vouchers are provided by North Tyneside for those who meet the eligibility criteria for free school meals. These are to provide meals for the child during that school holiday. These are sent to you by email from a company called Edenred and not school.
  • Vouchers will normally be valid from the first day of the school holiday/half term.
  • When vouchers are issued, you need to download these within a week, or thereabouts of receipt. The purpose of these vouchers is to cover a meal for that holiday period only. Although valid for a few months, if they are not downloaded North Tyneside Council will cancel them and there is no way of re-activating.

If you believe you meet the criteria and don’t receive vouchers, you probably have not completed the form and provided evidence, your email address may have changed or the wrong email address was entered historically. Please contact me if you need more information or if you think you are eligible and don’t receive vouchers.

The Little Falcon

If you would like a copy of Tracey’s debut book “The Little Falcon”, you can sign up for pre-order now. The link below will direct you to a website to leave your name and email address. When the book is ready she will be in touch to arrange payment and delivery!
A heart warming story about true friendship and a little Falcon that can’t fly. Perfect for children aged 7 and under, although I’m sure a story that can be enjoyed by all 🥰
Inspired by her son Toby, who has cerebral palsy and his wonderful friend Jodi from Illinois ❤
10% of profits will be donated to Percy Hedley PTA.
The cost of the book will be £6.99.
I can’t wait to read it and have ordered for family members too. For me, it is a positive way to share the positivity from Toby’s connection with Jodi.

Here is the link to pre -order


Inclusion North: Reaching out to families event

I would be interested to know if anyone has joined one of these zoom groups. The next one is on Friday 6th May from 10.30-12.oo

Reaching Out to Families flyer May 22


10 of the best family days out for those who use wheelchairs

I saw this on the Facebook page of “Northeast Family Fun” and although they have a website I was unable to find the link. I shared it on our Facebook page, but on discussion with a parent know that not everyone uses it. I promised to share it on this week’s blog. The link is below:


Raby Castle and gardens

Thanks to Jo, mum to Lucy for this information. She visited over Easter and said most of the trail was accessible. There is also a Potters Forest and Playpark. Although there was a step, difficult for wheelchairs to get from the car park staff were very helpful and found a solution. Let’s hope her feedback leads to something more permanent. I attach the accessibility information and link to their website.

Just so that you know, there isn’t a “changing place” there.

Pets Corner: Jesmond Dene. 

This has re-opened and the link to get more detail is here

It is open from 11-15.00 every day except bank holidays.

Holy Island: Lindisfarne Castle and Priory

Fully refurbished public toilets at Holy Island are now open ahead the Bank Holiday weekend.
The loos on Green Lane have been modernised and now include a new ‘Changing Places’ fully accessible disabled toilet facility.
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⬇️ Accessible Booking Information ⬇️
For further details or to make a booking, please give our team a call on 0191 243 1171. Our team are available to take calls between 10am – 3:30pm weekdays, with some additional hours around shows.
Alternatively, you can send an email to


Bet you have forgotten that we are planning a summer fayre

We will be accepting things for the tombolas and raffle. Whilst we need lots of volunteers to make this run smoothly we are aware that not everyone has extended family support. However, do you have a teenager who would benefit from some voluntary work? Let us know as we would love to involve them.

PTA News

With the lovely weather returning the PTA has now paid the annual educational subscription for National Trust. I have also established that schools can access English Heritage properties free of charge if the visit is part of their curriculum. I hope this enables our students to get out and about this term. Due to COVID these visits have to be pre-booked and we have no control over the weather but fingers crossed classes can make use of these properties.


PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday 17th May, 14-15.00. The link to join the meeting via TEAMS is here. I will check towards the end of next week to see if/when we are likely to resume face to face meetings.

PTA Facebook page

The link to join the Percy Hedley School Facebook page is here


Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.


Family Liaison Officer


Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260


Family Information and PTA weekly news 8 April 2022

And just like that, we are at the end of the 2nd term, with just one more to go. I really hope that the Easter break is a bright, sunny one and that you can get out and about in the fresh air.

My hope was, and still is that I will soon be able to invite parents in for a coffee morning/afternoon. Pre pandemic I used to hold these half termly. They were intended as an opportunity me to meet parents/carers, for parents to get together, share experiences and tips in school. Class/departmental ones are different, with the class teams present. I want to know if parents/carers would:

  • want these to resume
  • prefer morning; 9.30-10.45 or afternoon 13.45 – 15.00 as times
  • be interested in a TEAMS option should we still be restricted by the impact of COVID.

We do have the benches outside, and this would be another option weather permitting.

Please let me know your views. I will put something on our Facebook page too.

Thanks to all the students and staff who bought tickets for our mini Easter raffle.

We raised £112 for the PTA. Thanks too, to Francis Goldsmith White’s grandmother who knitted the bunnies. Lots of people wanted to win them.

I am sorry this raffle came as a surprise to parents/carers who missed the notification in last week’s blog. I have taken on board, and should have known that tired parents do not always read or remember these and I will ensure that in future these are put on a separate blog. Despite this, you have responded in your usual positive way and I know I speak for the committee when I say thank you for all you do to support us.

Just to remind you that students return to school on Monday 25th April.



SEND Review

The Department for Education is offering 4 free workshops in May where parents can ask questions about government plans to reform the SEND support system in England.
Book your place via these links:
🔹 London (12 May):
🔹 Manchester (17 May):
🔹 Leicester (19 May):
🔹 Virtual event (23 May):
Contact has also created a dedicated webpage full of information and advice on the #SENDReview to help families answer the government’s consultation by 1 July.
Keep an eye on for regular updates from our team 👇
The SEND review | Contact


The Metrocentre is pleased to announce that the Metrocentre Sensory Backpacks are back!
We understand that for some people, shopping centres can be a stressful experience. Our sensory backpacks have an array of sensory toys to make shopping comfortable for you.
You can hire your Sensory Backpacks from our customer service desks in upper Platinum Mall and lower Green Mall.
More info click here:
In addition, they offer “quiet hours” for those who need them.  Please see the link below for details:
The Metrocentre has disabled toilets and a “Changing Place”. Details are on the link below
Places where children eat free during the Easter Holidays
Not all have restaurants in the North East, but you may be travelling…
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More discounted food venues for children in the North East over Easter
North East Restaurants where Kids Eat Free (or for £1) this Easter
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Check the t&cs / find out more here:…/north-east…

Please ALWAYS check for t&cs with venues direct when booking and ordering. Most of these deals are only available on specific dates and times (you’ll find them in the link above)


Scotswood Gardens

Next Saturday there is a Mini Pride event happening at Scotswood Gardens! It’s free and there will be lots of fab activities and storytelling run by Curious Arts (and our regular Music and Movement Garden with Jo will be on too!)

The sessions run from 2pm – 3pm or 3.30pm – 4.30pm
To book contact Sally on 07808473300


Ouseburn Farm 


Our Easter events are live on our website (link in bio) and we’ve got lots in store including the welcome return of lamb feeding! Help them grow big and strong 💪🏻   

Tickets book out fast so get your skates on…
UPDATE: 18.30pm – additional tickets released now!!

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May be an image of animal, outdoors and text that says 'FRIDAY 15TH APRIL LAMB FEEDING: 9.30-10.00AM, 12.00-12.30PM, 3.30-4PM LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM 2-2:30PM RABBIT & GUINEA PIG PETTING AND GROOMING: 11-11:45AM EGG BOX GARDEN: 1,30-2PM GOAT WALKING: 1-1:45PM REPTILE BATHING: 2-2:45PM SATURDAY 16TH APRIL LAMB FEEDING: 9.30-10.00AM, 12,00-12.30PM 3.30-4PM LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM &2-2:30PM RABBIT & GUINEA PIG PETTING AND GROOMING: 11-11:45AM EGG BOX GARDEN: 1,30-2PM GOAT WALKING: 1-1:45PM REPTILE BATHING: 2-2:45PM' May be an image of food and text that says 'MONDAY 18TH APRIL LAMB FEEDING: 9.30-10.00AM, 12.00-12,30PM, 3.30-4PM LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM & 2-2:30PM GOAT WALKING: 1-1:45PM TUESDAY 19TH APRIL LAMB FEEDING: 9.30-10.00AM, 12,00-12.30PM, 3.30-4PM LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM & 2-2:30PM RABBIT & GUINEA PIG PETTING AND GROOMING: 11-11:45AM MEET THE ANIMALS 12,30-1.15PM GOAT WALKING: 1-1:45PM REPTILE BATHING: 2-2:45PM' May be an image of animal and text that says 'WEDNESDAY 20TH LAMB FEEDING: 9.30-10.00AM, 12.00-12.30PM, 3.30-4PM LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM &2-2:30PM MEET THE ANIMALS: 12.30-1.15PM EGG BOX GARDEN: 1.30-2PM GOAT WALKING: 1-1:45PM EASTER STORY TIME WITH SEVEN STORIES -10AM &11AM THURSDAY 21ST LAMB FEEDING: 9.30-10.00AM 12.00-12.30PM, 3.30-4PM LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM & 2-2:30PM RABBIT & GUINEA PIG PETTING AND GROOMING: 11-11:45AM MEET THE ANIMALS: 12.30-1.15PM EGG BOX GARDEN: 1.30-2PM GOAT WALKING: 1-1:45PM REPTILE BATHING: 2-2:45PM' May be an image of dog and text that says 'FRIDAY 22ND APRIL LAMB FEEDING: 9.30-10.00AM, 12.00-12.30PM 3.30-4PM LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM 2-2:30PM RABBIT GUINEA PIG PETTING AND GROOMING: 11-11:45AM MEET THE ANIMALS: 12.30- 1.15PM EGG BOX GARDEN: 1.30-2PM GOAT WALKING: 1-145PM REPTILE BATHING: 2-2:45PM SATURDAY 23RD APRIL LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM & 2-2:30PM EGG BOX GARDEN: 1,30-2PM GOAT WALKING 1-1:45PM'


May be an image of 3 people, animal and text that says 'SUNDAY 24TH APRIL LAMB FEEDING: 9.30-10.00AM, 12.00-12.30PM, 3.30-4PM LAMB PETTING: 11-11:30AM & 2-2:30PM RABBIT & GUINEA PIG PETTING AND GROOMING: 11-11:45AM REPTILE BATHING: 11-11:45AM GOAT WALKING: 1-1:45PM TWILIGHT LAMB FEEDING GROWN UPS ONLY 6.30-7PM WEDNESDAY 13TH THURSDAY 14TH WEDNESDAY 20TH THURSDAY 21ST' May be an image of animal and text that says "తక UE8 8 EASTER STORY TIME WITH SEVEN STORIES Wednesday 13 April 10am and 11am at Seven Stories Wed 20 April 10:00 AM 10:30 AM Wed 20 April 11:00 AM 11:30 AM at Ouseburn Farm"


Seven Stories

Planning a trip to Seven Stories this Easter? It’s FREE ENTRY to the visitor centre (including three floors of galleries and activities) every day in school holidays, 10am-5pm. Take a peek at these guides to the events we have on for each age group too:

DAILY STORYTIMES on the hour, every hour in the Easter holidays from 11am – 4pm! From £2 per child (adults and children under 12 months go free). Book in advance for these very popular events at:…/events/1110/storytime

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I have also seen that local children aged 4-16 years who are in receipt of free school meals can book a free breakfast. As this is funded by Newcastle City Council, I am not sure how local you need to be. This needs to be pre booked with

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Accessibility information is on the link here


Discovery Museum

🐣 Drop in, no booking required. Most suitable ages 6+. £2.00, free crafts also available. (Correct change is appreciated). These family crafts are suitable for children age 6 and over, although younger members of the family are always welcome too.
🐣 Get stuck into bunny-tastic Easter crafts at Discovery Museum’s custom built Play + Invent creation stations.
Get stuck into bunny-tastic Easter crafts at Discovery Museum’s custom built Play + Invent creation stations.
Families can:
🤸 Create an acrobatic bunny
🐇 Decorate rabbits and eggs
🐣 Try a hatching chick paper craft
The link to what’s on and bookings is here
It is accessible, with a “Changing Place”

Accessibility information is on the link here

Whitley Bay Young People’s Centre

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There are other activities there. Please see link to their Facebook group below


Jump Giants Newcastle

They offer SEN sessions where a carer goes free with a child with SEN.

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You can book on the link below:


Newcastle City Centre Bucket Collection

I have been asked to promote the Foundation’s street collections in Newcastle city centre which will take place in Newcastle from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th May. If you could sign up to volunteer on the link below it would be much appreciated for any of the days.

Sign up for a few hours volunteering here

Great North Run – Fancy A Challenge in 2022

Looking to take no an amazing challenge in 2022, while supporting the Foundation to raise money for valuable equipment?

Take on this years Great North Run, completing the worlds largest half marathon, joining Team Percy Hedley for this great challenge.

Simplyhealth Great North Run 2022 | The Percy Hedley Foundation (


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You said that meetings during the school day were difficult for working parents; indeed we have committee members who are also working parents. So, we agreed to hold alternate day/evening meetings. We always listen to parents/carers, passing on your communication where relevant to our School Leadership team.

And so, on Tuesday we held our first evening meeting and were joined by those parents who asked us to run them. Huge thanks to you all; it was lovely to see you in person and get your views. We had  lots of good ideas about the forthcoming summer fayre and as we get confirmation of what will be there will let you know. We would appreciate offers of help as per previous blogs. After Easter, we will start taking in donations for our tombolas and raffle. For those who attended last year, we know you enjoyed it and would love to know what would have made it even better. For now, save the date:

PTA 100 Club

A parent asked for an easier way to join than printing the form and sending in. So, although I attach the form below for details you can simply email me and I will complete it on your behalf. Payment can be made by cash, cheque (payable to Percy Hedley Foundation) or BACS. Email me for details. The money we make from this pays for our annual memberships of Parentkind (£116), Tim Lamb Centre (£50) and National Trust (£101.35) The last two are school memberships only.

As we have already drawn the first 6 draws, if you join for £12, you will have 2 numbers for the remaining 6, which will be drawn in July. Of the £12, 50% comes to the PTA, with the remaining paid in prizes. It is an especially easy way for those who cannot give their time to support the PTA.

100 Club Annual Subscriber agreement 2021-22


The PTA has covered costs for resources for the Eggcited to MOVE event in school this week.

In previous years we were inundated with donations of Easter Eggs from businesses. This year, we received around 50. The PTA decided to purchase additional ones so that each student has something to take home for Easter. We know that not all of our students can eat them, but hope that parents will appreciate the gesture.

We await confirmation of dates to proceed with the whole school event from True Colours, and once confirmed will share the date. Want to know more about them? Have a look here

We are considering bird related events, to tie in with this years school theme. If any parent/carer has any suggestions for other things we could do in school please let me know. We made a decision not to fund individual class activities with cash purchases as it was proving too time consuming and we felt it was not always equitable.


We have a sub group organising the Summer Fayre comprising of the following:

Donna (Chair PTA), Chris (Vice Chair), Jo (Media and Events), Claire (School/student link), Maria (fundraising) and Eileen (Family Liaison). Any of us would be pleased to hear your ideas. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 4th May.

PTA Meeting:

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 17th May from 14-15.00. Should we be in a position to run this face to face, we will do so and, as shared with you will be available on Microsoft TEAMS as well. The link to join is here:

Percy Hedley School PTA Facebook page

The link to join is here. If you invite someone, please answer the questions so that we keep this space safe for parents/carers and school staff


I saw this and thought it would be nice to share: 


Wishing you all a very Happy Easter and hope that the holiday goes well. Please use the Facebook page if you come across anything other families might be interested in; I do check it most days even when I am on holiday


My contact details are:

Eileen Robinson. Family Liaison Officer

Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260


Family Information and PTA updates. 1st April 2022

As we approach the last week before the Easter holidays I am looking out for activities for families. Please email me or share via our Facebook page if you have any suggestions.

I start this week’s blog by sharing extensively information about the SEND Review and urge families to read and share your views with the government. I include 2 organisations who are already highlighting concerns. You have until the 1st July to send your views.



The government has published a green paper on the future of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system and is undertaking a public consultation on the green paper’s proposals.

The link below is to the summary document; Right support, right place, right time document

The consultation commenced on 29 March 2022 and is open until 1st July 2022.

The link to the survey is here:

Both Contact-for families of disabled children and IPSEA are encouraging as many as possible to get involved.

Contact link to SEND Review

This week the government revealed proposals for a major reform of the SEND support system in England across education, health and social care.
Some key plans include:
🔹 Set new national standards for education, health and care
🔹 Simplify and digitise EHCPs
🔹 Make ‘local inclusion plans’ legally required
🔹 Create a national framework for council banding and tariffs
🔹 Change the culture in mainstream education
We are taking a close look at the proposals and will share more information over the coming weeks to help parents answer the government’s consultation.
In the meantime, read the #SENDReview green paper (or a summary of proposals) here 👉
IPSEA link to SEND Review
There’s a lot to absorb in the SEND Green Paper – and a lot to be concerned about. We’re still carefully reading the proposals and looking at how these fit with the current legal framework, and will produce a detailed analysis soon. In the meantime, a few things jump out:
▪️ Reference to local decision-making and ‘local discretion’, requiring national standards to fix. Local authorities may think they have discretion, but existing law is clear – that’s why local authorities lose so consistently at Tribunal. Applying the law should be priority, not creating new structures.
▪️ Assumption that increasing number of Tribunal appeals demonstrates parents’ ‘frustration’ with SEND system. No: it demonstrates unlawful decision-making by local authorities.
▪️ Proposed amendment to process for naming school in an EHC plan. This appears to be led by what already exists in local area rather than what child’s individual needs might be. By what method will local authorities produce tailored list of options – and how many options will there realistically be?
▪️ Making mediation mandatory and making it harder to appeal to Tribunal. Lots of problems with this. But if ministers want a less adversarial system, they need to find a way of making sure the law is followed in every area, for every child.
To add:
Thanks everyone so much for these comments – we are taking note of them all. IPSEA will be preparing a detailed response to the consultation on the proposals in the SEND green paper, and we also encourage you all to submit your own response so the Government knows what you think. The consultation runs until Fri 1 July, so there’s plenty of time. Details of how to respond can be found at the link below, and we will also be putting information about it on our website shortly.



Tim Lamb Centre:

Link to their Easter holiday activities is here

Kate Stanforth Academy of Dance

I know this young lady personally and was so pleased that a therapist asked me to share information with parents. Indeed, it was a parent of one of our students who brought it to the therapists attention. Kate offers online dance lessons to ALL, and I mean ALL abilities. Initially on course to become a professional ballerina, she became unwell and has trained as a dance teacher and opened her own school. Apart from this she is an advocate and campaigner for many disability related issues.

The link to her website is:

The link to her Facebook group is:


The Hub Walkergate
On every Wednesday . DONT FORGET TO REGISTER.
A new safe, secure, friendly weekly drop-in hub for young people with special/additional needs aged 16-25
Every Wednesday at 4.30-6.30pm, Ray Gray Centre, Walkergate, NE6 4UH
This is FREE for participants thanks to National Lottery Funding
Find out more on our website, or see image below, enquiries to
Smile Through Sport
With the Easter half term holidays just around the corner… check out our Easter sports and activity sessions for children and young people with SEND, their siblings and parents too!
A range of different sports, games, activities and space for all ability levels. The minimum age is 5 years.
Northumberland SENDIASS Newsletter
Northumberland families should contact Julia on the address below to ask to be added to their mailing list. Although I am sent these, and very happy to share by email on request.  Lots of activity suggestions, support etc. You can contact Julia on:
Here is the link to their page on the Northumberland Local Offer:
Success for All

Success4All is an educational charity that runs Learning Hubs, Clubs and Summer Schools in less affluent areas of Newcastle and North Tyneside. We ensure that children and young have the very best chance at success no matter their circumstances.

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Our aim at Success4All is to engage, equip and empower children, young people and their families in deprived areas of Newcastle so that they can build a successful future for themselves and others. We do this by creating safe and fun learning environments, in areas of Newcastle that are marked by low academic achievement, where independent, collaborative or paired learning can take place.
Although the Easter Club is now full, I thought it worth sharing for those who are interested. This will give you time to register with them for future events.
Their website address is here
The Lawnmowere:Krocodile Club
A club for over 16’s. See poster below:
At the Star and Shadow cinema on Warwick Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 -1BB (Shieldfield/Heaton area).
The Sensory Place: South Tyneside

The Sensory Place are hosting Easter fun at Williby Roc’s CIC on Wednesday 20th April at 10am-12pm 🐣

Please email to book!

We held a sub committee meeting this week, with plans underway for our Summer Fayre. After Easter, we will be asking for:
  • donations of chocolate, bottles, toys, gifts and raffle prizes
  • volunteers to help make this even bigger and better; we need parents who can help set up, man a stall for an hour or 2, get other family members to help with stalls
  • any expertise within our family community for specific roles on the day. This could be anything from holding a food hygiene cert, marshalling experience and anything you feel will help.

Please get in touch, but mostly SAVE the date: Saturday 16th July to come along with your family and friends and meet other families.

Mini Raffle

We will hold a small raffle in school next week with tickets at 50p each. We had 2 beautiful knitted bunnies donated and will add an Easter Egg to each to complete the Easter theme.

Evening PTA Meeting:

We’re holding our first evening meeting on Tuesday 5th April 19.30-20.30.This will be held on Microsoft TEAMS and the link to join is here. At this stage we haven’t considered face to face evening meetings, but this could be discussed if you feel it doable. Personally, I feel it could be a challenge for those who live a distance from school and may not have support/childcare in the evenings.

Supporting School.

The committee has agreed to fund resources for the Eggcited to MOVE event at school on Thursday 7th April. We also await a quote for additional resources for the outdoor learning space which will be considered.

PTA Facebook  page. 

Our membership is growing steadily, and is a place where we share school information. We also welcome parents/carers to share ideas, photos, suggestions for days out or anything else which would interest other families. If you have not joined yet the link is here:

Until next week, my contact details are

Eileen Robinson; Family Liaison Officer


Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260.