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.




Oldham Council SEND Written Statement of Action

This information includes reports, strategies, values and codes of practice for Oldham Council SEND.

To access the Oldham Council Written Statement of Action please click on the picture link to the left or click here






Additional Needs Register

Please can we encourage our parents to add their details to the register so that they can receive updates and alerts when new services and resources are added to the Local Offer Directory.

Please click on the picture link to register on their website.






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.



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.



Holy Family’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 J Hall.




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 or click here.



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.


Family Information Service

The Family Information Service provides help, advice and support for parents and carers of children aged 0-20 years old.

Please click on the picture link to visit their website or click here.




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 or click here.

Telephone:  0161 624 0111


MindEd is a free educational resource about children and young people’s mental health for all adults.

Please click on the picture link to visit their website or click here.