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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at St Anne's R.C.

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On the return of some of our students to school in June, some of out children may find it difficult to adjust to the changes. It is important that we explain as best as we can why things are changing, discuss how they are feeling and address any anxieties. To help with this I have attached below (useful information provided by the EP section) a social story to explain the return to school and also an anxiety thermometer tool.


** A message for parents/carers of children with an EHCP **


Dear Parents/Carers,


Due to the current COVID19 situation, regrettably we have decided to postpone all Annual Review meetings we had planned in March and July. Instead, we will be reviewing educational health care plans (EHCPs) in a remote way. Teachers and other professionals involved with your child will review the child’s current EHCP outcomes and suggest any amendments if necessary. We will then ensure that any amended EHCP outcomes are shared with you, if there are no changes to be made we will continue to work on the outcomes that are already in place. Thank you for your co-operation on this matter. Stay safe, stay well and stay happy.


Kind regards,

Miss Comer


Useful information provided by our Educational Psychologist

Here are some pieces of information and advice given to use from our Educational Psychologist on how to manage our anxiety during the COVID19 pandemic. I hope you find these helpful and reassuring. 

corona virus social story

Corona virus social story to help explain the situation to any children who require it. ^^

Online Resources

During this time I thought it would be helpful to provide a list of useful online resources to support your child whilst at home. These are specific to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities:


Active Learn Primary

Website: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/

Description: the Rapid Reading and Rapid Phonics programmes focus on accelerating progress in reading skills for pupils with dyslexia and with low levels of literacy. Designed for teachers, but suitable for parents too.

Registration: is required


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/media/11160/supporting-schools-and-colleges.pdf

Description: a downloadable guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption. Designed for teachers, but suitable for parents too.

Registration: not required


Charles Dickens Primary

Website: http://www.charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk/

Description: the Jenny Wren Virtual School SEN Hub offers daily lessons for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, focusing on Makaton and a daily activity to complete with a parent or teacher.

Registration: not required


Do2Learn (USA)

Website: https://do2learn.com/

Description: a range of downloadable resources grouped by theme. Themes include: social skills, songs and games, and picture cards.

Registration: not required


Inclusive Teach

Website: https://inclusiveteach.com/free-printable-sen-teaching-resources/

Description: downloadable and printable accessible teaching resources for parents and teachers to support pupils with a range of SEND needs, including Autism, PMLD, SLCN, MLD, SLD

Registration: not required




PMLD thematic units – from the Northern Ireland Curriculum

Website: http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/curriculum_microsite/SEN_PMLD_thematic_units/index.asp

Description: comprehensive guidance on themed activities for learners with PMLD. A full sensory curriculum is offered. More suitable for teachers, but activities and resources will be useful for parents too.

Registration: not required


Priory Woods School

Website: http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page/?title=Resources&pid=3

Description: resources from an award-winning, innovative school, rated by Ofsted as outstanding and put together by SEND teachers for parents and teachers. The resources include apps and programmes.

Registration: not required


School Cloud

Website: https://www.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/features-video-meetings.asp

Description: a secure online video call service to connect pupils, parents and teachers. Potential use might include pupils with SEND and/or their parents having a weekly video call with a SENCo to monitor their progress with home learning.

Registration: is required


SEND Gateway

Website: https://www.sendgateway.org.uk/whole-school-send/find-wss-resources/nqt-videos.html

Description: guidance videos created in collaboration with the Centre for Education and Youth (CfEY) to increase the knowledge and awareness of a range of SEND conditions. Aimed at newly qualified teachers but also provides helpful resources and tips that will be useful for parents.

Registration: not required


SENict Activities

Website: https://www.ianbean.co.uk/senict-members-resource-portal

Description: downloadable activities aimed particularly at learners with PMLD, SLD and those who are learning to use assistive technology to access the curriculum. Suitable for parents and teachers.

Registration: not required

SEN Teacher

Website: https://www.senteacher.org/

Description: downloadable and printable resources that can be adapted to suit the needs of pupils. Resources are aimed at a range of abilities. Website has over 300,000 regular users and is suitable for both parents and teachers.

Registration: not required


Speech and Language Kids

Website: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/

Description: an extensive range of education and therapy resources for parents and teachers of children with speech and language problems. A podcast is also available on iTunes for verbal and non-verbal children.

Registration: not required


Speech Link Multimedia Ltd

Website: https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Description: a parent portal with links to downloadable resources, activities and games developed by a team of speech and language therapists and software engineers who work with over 4,000 schools in the UK.

Registration: not required


Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Website: https://www.teachingvisuallyimpaired.com/

Description: a range of downloadable resources and instructional strategies to support blind and visually impaired pupils. Suitable for parents and teachers.

Registration: is required


The Autism Page

Website: https://www.theautismpage.com/

Description: online support and information aimed at supporting parents with young autistic children. Information and ideas to support the implementation of autism specific teaching methods.

Registration: not required



UCL Centre for Inclusive Education

Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/departments-and-centres/centres/centre-inclusive-education/homeschooling-children-send/managing-transition-home-schooling

Description: a guide to help parents adjust to remote learning by providing advice and links to resources.

Registration: not required


Here is another great information booklet about supporting children with disabilities/ASD during the lockdown:


Policies and Information Report

Please click on the image below to access the school's current SEND Policy:


Please click on the image below to access the school's current accessibility plan:


Please click on the image below to access the school's current information report:


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Oldham Council SEND 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.

oldham council

To learn more about what the local offer is use this link, there is also a helpful video to explain further: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/whatislo 

To find out more about The Oldham Learning Festival, see link: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/olf


Follow the link for information on the Oldham Parent Carer Forum Annual Conference 2020




A number of preschool drop-in sessions for children who are having trouble talking and following instructions have been arranged.

Parents are welcome to go along with their children to talk about how their child is doing and what they can do to help. Please see details in link below:

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