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The North Tyneside Dyslexia Team are based at Southlands School and are trained to assess and teach children with dyslexia/persistent literacy and numeracy difficulties.

Visit the Southlands School for more information.

Educational psychology

Educational psychologists are specially trained psychologists, skilled in assessing children and young people’s educational needs and offering advice on how they can be supported in school.

They work with individual children, school staff and parents, either individually, in small groups or with whole staff teams.

If your child’s teacher has concerns about their progress or social and emotional wellbeing they can refer them to an education psychologist.

Staff in your child’s school will usually make a referral but you can call direct on (0191) 643 8739.

If you agree to a referral, they might work directly with your child, for example, observing them in class, meeting them to carry out assessments and to talk with them or they may choose to meet with you and school staff to discuss how your child might be supported.

They may talk to any other professionals involved with your child if you are happy for them to do this. You will then receive a written record of what has been done.


The Educational Psychology Service is keen to access the views of parents, carers and school staff on their experiences of working with educational psychologists and the value of educational psychologist involvement and support. If you have recently had involvement with a North Tyneside educational psychologist and would be willing to share your views, please complete our service evaluation survey.

This survey is anonymous and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Contact us

North Tyneside Council
Langdale Centre
Langdale Gardens
NE28 0HG

Telephone: (0191) 643 8739

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Hearing and vision

North Tyneside has a well established team which meets the needs of babies, children and young people with hearing and vision difficulties.

Visit the North Tyneside Sensory Service.

Language and communication

The Language and communication team is based within Benton Dene School. They provide advice, support and teaching strategies for pupils with specific language and communication needs.

Visit the Benton Dene School for further information.

School nurses

School nurses (sometimes known as public health school nurses) promote and protect the physical health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who are of school age.

Visit Northumbria NHS Trust for further information.

Additionally resourced provision

A number of mainstream schools receive additional money to provide places for children and young people with specific special educational needs. The provision is referred to as Additional Resourced Provision (ARP). These places are only available to pupils with an Education, Health Care (EHC) Plan.

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Educating your child at home

If you have decided, or are considering, the option of home education for your child or children, this document is designed to provide you with some  useful information to help you.

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