Family Funding 4.6.2020

The Government has announced financial support for Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England of £37.3 million in 2020-21, this is expected to help more than 75,000 families in England.

Families with children that have complex needs and disabilities can receive grants for vital equipment to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including computers, specialist equipment and educational toys.

£10 million of the total has been committed specifically in response to the unique difficulties presented by the coronavirus pandemic, helping parents educate and look after disabled or critically ill children who are staying at home more than usual.

The funding and guidance on how to apply is available through

The funding can help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need.

Parental letter from North Tyneside Council 21.5.2020

Parents letter

22.5.2020 Latest Parents letter from Mrs McAllister


Monday 11th May 2020

Update on covid-19: Like yourselves, we have only just seen the government announcement about the intended reopening of primary schools. At this stage we cannot answer all your questions as we are waiting to receive more information from the government about what this means for our school. At this current time, nothing has changed. We will provide further information in the coming days and weeks once we have official guidance.



Coronavirus advice to parents


Benton Dene School remains open for “children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home,” as per Government guidelines. We understand that over the course of the next few weeks, your needs may change and we would ask that you contact us, using the phone numbers below or by emailing the school office: 

Should you need to make contact directly, with either Alison McAllister, Headteacher or Moira Banks, deputy Headteacher our numbers are as follows:

Alison McAllister: 07871733461

Moira Banks: 07745782741

If you need to contact one of our Home School Link Team they are available on these school mobile phones:

Yvonne 07745669457

Tina 07745669436

Mrs McKenna has recorded some lovely signed songs for you to join in with’. This week the song is One Call Away.  You can record your own version and send it via Seesaw to your class account.  She is going to record more and we’ve also a selection of you other people singing and signing. Click. to see them.

We have updated policies due to the recent Covid 19 outbreak.

these can be viewed on our Policies Page.


Welcome to Benton Dene Special School

Welcome to our website. 

We hope to show you some of the creativity and hard work that we do and let you sample some of the experiences we all share here in Benton Dene by viewing our class pages.

Browse our pages for all the information you need and stay up to date by reading our school newsletters.

Follow us on Twitter for the latest information


At Benton Dene children’s safety and welfare is of paramount importance to us. Children have a right to be protected from harm. Families have the right to expect schools to provide a safe and secure environment. Please look at our Safeguarding page for more information and also our Online Safety Section. 

If you need any further information or would like to come and
see for yourself the great work that goes on here, please do not hesitate to contact us. You will be given a very warm welcome.    

Alison McAllister-Williams



Operation Encompass


Parent View

Parent View gives you the opportunity to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, for example: the quality of teaching or how you and your child feel about their learning environment.

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

The information leaflets below help you to sign up and give your opinions.

Some comments from Parents:

"The school is a fabulous school and the progress my child has made in such a short period of time is down to the high
quality teaching and learning and the highly effective leadership." 

"Benton Dene is an excellent school. The staff are highly skilled and dedicated. We are so relieved our son was given a
place here, he is happy and has made some lovely friends."

"My daughter has become more confident and her ability to read and write is getting better all of the time. So

Parent View Guide

Ofsted Information Leaflet about Parent 

Training Days

Friday 26th June

Monday 29th June

Parent Information


Latest Newsletter:

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01:42 We have some new information about Government Family Funding that can be found on the Welcome page of our website.

21 May RT @rickyann56: @NTCouncilTeam my son Matthew and myself would love to thank miss tess Hudson , Mrs manton and all of blue 5 staff! And mr…

20 May RT @WoodlawnLive: It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, so be kind to yourself and others and seek help if you ever need it. #MentalHealt…

20 May RT @southlandsNT: #thankateacherday Thank You and a huge thank you to all our teaching assistants, learning mentors, caretakers, grounds ma…

19 May RT @pathways4all: Tim Lamb Centre Closure Update Unfortunately it is looking highly unlikely that we will be able to open the Tim Lamb Cen…

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