Special Educational and Disability Needs
Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child’s ability to learn. They can affect their:
- behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
- reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
- ability to understand things
- concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
- physical ability
If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the SEN co-ordinator, or ‘SENCO’ Mrs C. O'Leary.
Your local Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service can give you advice about SEND (please find a link to their website below).
Your Child may be eligible for:
- SEN support - support given in school, like speech therapy
- an education, health and care (EHC) plan - a plan of care for children and young people aged up to 25 who have more complex needs
For further information about the help available please refer to the information below about the provision across Oldham and at our school.
Oldham Council SEND Local Offer
Local Authorities must publish support that is available for children and young people with S.E.N. and disabilities and their families.
To access the Oldham Council Local Offer please click on the picture link or for information booklets please select from the documents below.
Speech and Language Drop-in Sessions
There are a number of drop-in sessions for children who are having trouble talking and following instructions.
Parents are welcome to come along with their children (or school staff with parental consent) to talk about how their child is doing and what we can do to help. If you have any questions, please call Stella Kenworthy 0161 621 3666.
The sessions are at:
Tuesday 30 April, 9 – 11.30am
Mills Hill Primary School
Chadderton, OL9 0NH
Tuesday 20 May,1.30 – 4pm
Werneth Primary School
Oldham, OL8 4BL
Tuesday 11 June, 9 – 11.30am
Oasis Academy Limeside
Oldham, OL8 3SB
Wednesday 26 June, 1.30 – 4pm
Willowpark Primary Academy
163 Vulcan Street
Oldham, OL1 4LJ
Thursday 4 July, 9 – 11.30am
Blackshaw Lane Primary School
Oldham, OL2 6NT
Parents of Oldham in Touch
POINT is YOUR VOICE and this is where you can make sure your voice is heard in shaping the future for Children and Young people with Additional Needs and Disabilities. POINT offers support respite and activities for children and young people suffering varying levels of autism.
Please click on the picture link to visit their website or select from the documents below.
St Mary's SEND Provision
Welcome to our SEND pages. We hope you will enjoy reading about the variety of ways in which St.Mary’s is able to support SEND pupils to reach their full potential.
Our Special Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs C O’Leary.
Our Governor with responsibility for SEND is Mr M. Bridgen Foundation Governor.
|SEND Identification Strategy||[pdf 240KB]|
|St Mary's SEND Information Report September 2017||[pdf 406KB]|
|SEND Policy July 2017||[pdf 347KB]|
|Accessibility Policy and Plan 2017-2018||[pdf 432KB]|
Oldham SEND IAS Service
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Advice and Support (IAS) Service is a FREE confidential, impartial and independent service operated by POINT Services.
Oldham SEND IAS Service exists to help parents and carers of children with additional needs and disabilities; and children and young people themselves, in matters relating to their Education, Health or Social Care provision.
Their support services are tailored to your individual needs and are both personal and confidential. They can offer you:
- Independent information about Special Needs Education.
- One-to-one advice and support.
- Details about how Special Education, Health and Social Care is organised.
- Advice about working with those involved with you, your child or young person.
- Information about local support networks.
- Access to Independent Parental Support for Parents, Carers and Young People 16+
- Support to arrange Mediation and Disagreement Resolution.
- Support with SEND Tribunal claims.
- Opportunities to improve and shape services through our SEND IAS Steering Group.
Their website contains useful information, guidance and practical tools to enable you to understand the processes and arrangements for Special Educational Needs and disability both locally and nationally so that you can make informed choices about the provision required to meet you own, or your child or young persons needs.
Telephone: 0161 667 2055
Please click on the picture link to visit their website.
Oldham Parent Carer Forum
We are a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums.
Our main aim is to ensure the needs of our children and young people with SEND are met and we bring together parent carers from across Oldham to provide mutual support, exchange information, and influence policy and practice:
- create a culture of participation and co-production across education, health, social care and the voluntary sectors. This means that we can become involved in all aspects of designing, commissioning, delivering and reviewing services as an equal partner;
- empower our members to ensure that their voices are heard at a local, regional and national level; and
- inspire our partners by sharing good practice and knowledge.
Mahdlo Youth Zone
Mahdlo offers a number of out of school activities. Their work falls within six key themes: Get Active (Sports); Get Creative (Arts); Get Sorted (personal development, crime prevention and health and wellbeing); Get Outdoors (outward bound and environmental activities); Get Connected (leadership, volunteering and citizenship); Get Ahead (employment and enterprise).
Please click on the picture link to visit their website.
Telephone: 0161 624 0111