Redbridge SERC



  • Connective tissue proteins called collagen give the body its toughness. When these form differently the joints, ligaments etc become lax and are more fragile.
  • Hypermobility syndrome refers to a group of related conditions.
  • Marfan syndrome and Ehlers Danlos syndrome vascular type can have potentially serious complications.
  • Benign joint hypermobility and Ehlers Danlos Hypermobile Type cause discomfort but major organs are not affected.
  • Hyper means 'more' and Mobility means 'movement', so Hypermobility means 'more movement'.
  • This phrase means the joints can move further than most people.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

For further help and support contact

  • Physiotherapy team
  • Occupational therapy team
  • Newbridge Outreach team
  • SERC if the conditions impacts significantly to meet SERC criteria


Screenshot for video: Hypermobility & Marfan Syndrome

Hypermobility & Marfan Syndrome

A woman with Marfan Syndrome who has hypermobile joints.

Screenshot for video: Hypermobility- shoulder joints

Hypermobility- shoulder joints

A short video showing a young lady with hypermobile joints.

Screenshot for video: Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility

Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome & Hypermobility

A 10 year old boy who has Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobile joints.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How common is it?

    It is estimated that 7- 10% of students have joints that have a greater range and at times associated discomfort.

    This can sometimes be known as 'growing pains'.

    Many students grow out of it when their joints become stronger.

  • How can students help themselves?
    • Build up muscles by regular exercise.
    • Warm up before exercise.
    • Avoid sports that mean you twist– football, tennis, squash, basketball
    • Swimming, Pilates and yoga are all good forms of exercise.
    • Manage a healthy weight.
    • Avoid carrying too many books– 2nd set at home, locker access around school, choose a school bag with two straps
    • Handwriting– try gel pens, pens with a thicker foam end, access to ICT etc
    • Access to extra time, electronic papers and rest breaks in examinations
  • Does Hypermobility cause pain?

    Some people can have Hypermobility and it does not cause any difficulties for them, in fact some people use it to their advantage e.g. musicians, sports people.

    If you have a wide range of mobility and it causes pain, it may lead to a Hypermobility Syndrome diagnosis.

    Due to stretchy ligaments, the muscles have to work harder to keep their joints in the right position. This can make the muscles hurt.

    It can take longer for injuries to heal.

  • How can I help a pupil who has Hypermobility?
    • Body/limb awareness when eyes are closed can be harder, causing people to present as less co-ordinated and suffer more injuries.
    • Female hormones soften ligaments making then more stretchy than usual, causing girls to have more pain around the time of their period.
    • If injured                    R —rest the injured joint      I — ice the joint                C— compress the injury                       E— elevate the injured joint
    • Heat and paracetamol can also help.

Outreach Services

Newbridge Outreach Service

0208 503 8773
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Newbridge Outreach Service provides support to pupils with a range of learning, medical and physical difficulties.

  • physical disability
  • physical disability with associated learning/communication difficulties
  • dyspraxia and related specific learning difficulties
  • perceptual difficulties
  • fine and gross motor skill development
  • difficulties with handwriting and alternative forms of recording.

Support is provided by

  • providing assessments
  • setting targets for learning / writing individual programmes
  • modify curriculum content and delivery
  • identify and use specialist resources
  • helping to provide support and advice to parents
  • delivering INSET for all staff, other agencies and parents

Request for support should come from the school the pupil is attending or another Agency involved.

Occupational Therapy

020 8924 6111

The Occupational Therapy Team are now based at Redbridge Child Development Centre (0 -19yrs), previously known as The Kenwood Centre in Barkingside.


0208 503 8773
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Age range of pupils they support: 4- 19 yrs

Students they support:

  • SERC completes individual assessments for pupils who have complex needs or specific physical disability ( see SERC criteria form on home page)
  • SERC are happy to offer wider advice to support whole school SEN Inclusive ICT provision.
  • Training and support is free to all Redbridge Schools.

Range of support offered:

  • This centre based at Newbridge School, provides advice and support in the use of Information Technology with pupils who have special educational needs or a physical/ sensory disability.
  • S.E.R.C provides individual assessments of ICT needs of individual needs of pupils with SEN, in both mainstream and special schools.
  • Training for teachers and support staff who work with pupils with SEN.
  • Support and advice to parents/ carers of children who have SEN.

Address:                         S.E.R.C, Newbridge School, 258 Barley Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG38XS