Benton Dene Schools

Benton Dene Schools

Where parents, the DCC Team and Early Years settings work in partnership.

Where specialist staff provide learning opportunities and support for children, staff and parents.

DCC is outreach support in the child's current nursery setting. Decisions about the type of support offered to children who are referred to DCC are made following the selection panel meeting, when places are allocated. 

After an initial visit by one of the team we will agree which combination of support options is most appropriate for your child and their setting. A bespoke package will then be tailored accordingly. The aim is to ensure that the child receives the support that will promote the most sustained progress for them.

The team is staffed by a specialist teacher, special support assistants and has educational psychology input.

How do children access DCC provision?

For children to be referred to DCC they must be attending an Early Years provision within North Tyneside and be known to Speech and Language Therapy. A Speech and Language Therapist must support the application.

Places for DCC support are allocated through referral direct to the Language and Communication Team. A DCC form should be completed together by school staff, the child's speech and language therapist and parents/carers.

Support will consist of collaborative working between the DCC team, setting and parents/carers to support the language and communication development of the child within their educational setting


What DCC offers

  • Regular visits by any of our team to the setting (at least 1 member) 
  • Delivering a range of activities with an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills or sign posting to relevant resources. 
  • Promoting positive communication experiences through play-based learning opportunities, individually targeted around the children’s language and communication needs.
  • Setting up to three personal IEP (Individual Education Plan) targets which will be the main focus of the intervention sessions. This will be shared with parents and their setting.

 DCC blocks are held each term during each school year

For further information please contact our office on 0191 4661814

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