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North Tyneside SEND Youth Forum

North Tyneside SEND Youth Forum –  The forum is open to young people between the ages of 11-25 with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities (SEND) living in North Tyneside.   The group discuss issues that affect their lives, raise awareness about SEND and are supported to work with their local council and other organisations (who provide services for young people).   The group meet on the second Tuesday of each month at NTC offices Quadrant East, Cobalt Business Park 5.00-7.00pm. 

For more information or to register an interest in the group, please contact the Participation Advocacy and Engagement Team. (Registration form must be completed prior to attending any sessions.)

Tel: 0191 643 8215


Facebook: North Tyneside Participation and Advocacy Team


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North Tyneside Parent Carer Forum

North Tyneside Parent Carer Forum - A group of parents and carers of children, young people and adults aged 0-25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities who live in North Tyneside. Our aim is to support parents and carers in our community enabling them to access services and give them a voice in shaping and developing these services.

We work with relevant providers on a strategic level to help improve services available to families. We also work closely with the local authority, health and social care and with our local SENDIASS team as well as other agencies.

Statutory consultation on proposed changes to provision at the Melrose Centre and Southlands School


An informal consultation about proposed changes to provision at the Melrose Centre and Southlands School took place in November and December 2019. You can find letters to parents, Frequently Asked Questions and presentation slides from the informal consultation at the link below:

Information about the informal consultation

Following the informal consultation about the proposal that Southlands School should take over leadership of the Melrose Centre, in January 2020 the Council’s Cabinet approved moving to statutory consultation.

The statutory consultation period will run from Thursday 27 February to Thursday 2 April 2020. A Statutory Notice will appear in the press and will be displayed outside Longbenton High School and Southlands School. The Statutory Notice explains that responses need to be submitted in writing and describes how respondents can do this. The Statutory Notice and full Proposal can be found by following the link below:

Statutory Notice & full Proposal

Anyone who would like to have a paper copy of the Statutory Notice and Proposal to be sent in the post, should contact the Commissioning Team on 0191 643 8698 or e-mail 

A letter about the statutory consultation has been sent to parents of children currently at the Melrose Centre; parents of children in Key Stage 2 at Benton Dene School; and parents of children in Years 7 to 10 at Southlands School. You can read the letter by following the link below:

Letter about the statutory consultation



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Local Offer - You Said we did

We publish comments about the Local Offer received from, or on behalf of, children and young people with SEN or disabilities and their parents/carers. Listening to and acting upon feedback allows services to make changes based on these views. You can see how we have responded to feedback in the report below.

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