SEN Information Report - September 2018



SEND Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

A copy of the SEND policy is also available on the website stating the schools philosophy on SEND in more detail. The schools 'local offer' is also available to read which states what we offer as a school.


The kinds of special educational needs for which provision is made at Shawclough

Shawclough is an inclusive school welcoming all children. We recognise that some children face certain barriers to learning. Our aim is to quickly identify such barriers children may face and provide an inclusive environment where children succeed.

Shawclough provides provision for children with a range of needs including:

  • Cognition and learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)
  • Physical and sensory (e.g. hearing impairments)
  • Communication and interaction ( e.g. Autistic Spectrum Condition)
  • Social, emotional and mental health (e.g. ADHD)

To enable school to effectively meet the needs of children with SEND Shawclough have...

  • A SENCO employed to co-ordinate SEND throughout school. Our SENCO has completed the National Award in SEN Co-ordination, Post Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education (working towards a masters degree in Autistic Spectrum Conditions) and is an experienced class teacher. Most recently our SENCO received local authority accreditation as an Autism Champion. 
  • A team of teaching assistants are trained to deliver high quality interventions e.g. reading interventions
  • Our THinc Room is managed by our learning mentor Vikki Harrison who has over 15 years experience working with children with SEND and Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
  • Our deputy head Diane Johnson also provides teachers with advice, resources and strategies to be used with children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. She has over 30 years’ experience working with children with ASC and has completed a higher education certificate in Autism.
  • School work very closely with outside agencies including Healthy Young Minds (formally CAMHS), Rochdale Additional Needs Service (RANS), Educational Psychologists, Speech and language therapists, the behaviour team (Fair Access Team) and the school nurses.
  • School will make reasonable adjustments to support children accessing the environment. This includes stair lifts to ensure children with specific disabilities are able to access the school environment appropriately.

How we identify individual special educational needs

  • When pupils have already been identified as having SEND before they come to Shawclough, we work alongside the people who already know them and use the information already available to help identify what their SEN will be at our school setting.
  • If you tell us you think your child has SEN we will discuss this with you and check it out. We will share with you what we find and agree what our next steps will be.
  • If our staff think that your child has a SEN this may be because they are not making the same progress as other pupils or may be struggling to follow instructions for example. We will carry out observations and assessments and decide on appropriate actions/interventions.
  • Our aim is to involve parents every step of the way to ensure we work together to effectively meet the needs of the child.

How we involve pupils and their parents in identifying SEN and meeting the child's needs.

  • We are child and family centred, so any decisions made will be done together.
  • We will also take into account any issues your child may have at home and aim to work together to ensure we are all helping your child in the same way.
  • We create a Provison Map for your child. This will state the area of difficulty/SEN your child has and what exactly we are putting in place to support your child. Your child's provision map will be shared during parents evening and will be reviewed termly.

How we adapt the curriculum/teaching approaches to meet the needs of children with SEN

  • Shawclough are keen to provide an inclusive learning environment. We adapt our teaching approaches in order to meet the needs of all children.
  • All staff are trained to adapt lessons and resources to meet the needs of all children to ensure every child is able to learn at their own level. 
  • We may use additional materials/resources to ensure children with SEN are working at the right level. Examples include accessing Clicker on the computer to help with written work, teaching assistant support within the class, allow extra time for completion and voice recorders to support with written work. We also ability group in Maths and English. Unit 2 and 3 have an additional teacher employed within the units to provide additional support for specific groups of children.
  • We are highly trained in a number of interventions used for children with SEN. Examples of these include precision teaching, Read Write Inc 1:1, Reading Intervention, Direct Phonics, SULP 
  • We will seek advice from other members of staff and may also go to other agencies for further advice.
  • Teachers may use a variety of resources to support teaching and learning, for example Numicon, interactive whiteboard, whiteboards, netbooks, individual work stations, visual timetables.

Complaints procedure

We aim to resolve complaints as quickly as we possibly can through talking and working together. 

The complaints procedure is as follows:

  • The complaint is dealt with the class teacher.
  • If the complaint is not resolved then the complaint will be dealt with the SENCO or senior manager.
  • If there is still no resolution the headteacher should become actively involved.
  • In the unlikely event of the matter still being unable to be resolved then the complainant must put their complaint in writing to the Chair of governors who will follow complaint procedures to help resolve the issue.
  • Following this a complaint can be made to the Local Authority.

Contact details for parents (Please also see Rochdale’s Local offer: )


Charlotte Balogh or contact the school office and leave a message

Rochdale Parent Partnership

Unique Mill Enterprise Centre, Belfield Road, Rochdale, OL16 2UP

01706 515741

Children aged 0-5

Area SENCO Team - Early Years, 4th Floor, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

01706 927862, 01706 927863 or 01706 927864

Statutory Assessment Team

Rochdale Borough Council, 4th Floor, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU

01706 925981

Rochdale Additional Needs Service

RANS Leadership Team, 4th Floor, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

01706 926400

Children with Disabilities Team

Children with Disabilities Team, 4th Floor, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

01706 925900

Educational Psychologists

Rochdale Educational Psychology Service, 4th Floor, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU

01706 – 926400

Healthy Young Minds (Formally CAMHS)

Birch Hill Hospital, Birch Road, Rochdale, OL12 9QB

01706 676000

Social Care

Rochdale Children's Social Care, Crossfield Mill, Crawford Street, Rochdale, OL16 5RS

0300 303 0440