SEND Information

A child is defined as having SEND if he or she has a learning difficulty, which calls for a special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to learners of the same age or, that the child has a disability, which hinders them from making use of educational facilities from those generally provided by schools for children of the same age, within the same area. We aim to identify special educational needs within pupils as early as possible.

The Link School uses a variety of ways to identify pupils with SEND needs, this includes;

  • Liaising with original main schools through effective transition procedures. For pupils accessing 12 week placements, the home school or academy retain overall responsibility for the SEND support plan supported by the Link School. Concerns related to SEND needs identified whilst a pupil is attending the Link School will be communicated to the original main school/parents/carers/professionals at the earliest possible convenience.
  •  Assessment and screening (based upon formal assessment periods, interim assessments and assessments / screening carried out by the SEND team and other professionals)
  • Individual diagnostic assessments carried out by the Educational Psychologist
  • Staff observation and feedback from teaching and support staff  
  • Referrals/diagnostic assessments by other agencies and parents

The following Link School staff have responsibility for SEND:

If you would like to speak to someone regarding SEND please call the main school switchboard on (0191) 561 5777 / (0191) 561 4777 and ask for Mrs Rachael Patterson

You can read our full SEND Policy by downloading the PDF below.

  SEND Policy – PDF

Click link below for Frequently asked Questions

  FAQ Coronavirus  – Sunderland Carers Centre/Together for Children.PDF

A new parent support site for children with speech and language difficulties.

In the coming weeks you will be able to watch more top tip videos, read our blogs about how to encourage your child’s talking at home, and we will be adding more games and activities.

We hope you and your child enjoy using this website.



Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777

Office Opening Times

Mon-Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm

Friday: 8am – 4pm

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777



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