Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Seymour Road Academy


Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Report


  1. The kinds of special educational needs and disabilities for which provision is made at Seymour Road Academy


Seymour Road Academy caters for children from 3 – 11 years old.  We are inclusive and aim to meet all children’s needs and support their development in the most appropriate way to ensure they reach their full potential.  We provide additional support for children with a range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND):


Cognition and Learning

Moderate learning difficulties; specific learning difficulties, eg. dyslexia /dyspraxia

Communication and Interaction

Autistic spectrum condition, Asperger’s syndrome and speech and language difficulties

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Sensory, Medical and Physical

Hearing impairment, visual impairment, epilepsy, Tourettes syndrome


Our school’s SEND policy document provides further details and is available on the academy’s website. 


  1. Information in relation to the school’s policies for the identification and assessment of pupils with SEND


Learning is regularly monitored and assessed by teachers and discussed termly with senior staff.  When a child is causing concern the class teacher collects evidence such as work samples and/or a behavior log. 

Parents/carers are informed and are invited to meet with the class teacher and the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) to discuss the concerns.  A decision will be made as to whether to add the child to the SEND register and a plan of action to support the child will be put in place.  The parents/carers will be encouraged to be involved as fully as possible with the support plan and will be invited to regular reviews. 


Where the level of need is significant, the academy will enlist the services of relevant specialists to report on the exact nature and severity of need.


The academy’s designated SENCO is Miss M. Landon and can be contacted via the office or by phoning 0161 370 2616.


  1. Information about the academy’s policies for making provision for children with SEND whether or not pupils have EHC plans including
  • How does the academy evaluate the effectiveness of its provision?


The SENCO monitors the progress of children with SEND closely by classroom observation, data and consultation with parents/carers.


The SENCO conducts an annual review for all children who have an EHC plan

Regular meetings are held with specialists/professionals to ensure the support is appropriate to the child’s needs.


Senior leaders carry out observations and scrutinize books regularly.


  • What are the academy’s arrangements for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with SEND?


Class teachers review progress against age related expectations and against targets within Individual Educational Plans.


The SENCO monitors progress on a half termly basis.


Senior Leaders hold termly pupil progress meetings to discuss progress.


  • What is the academy’s approach to teaching children with SEND?


Children with SEND have access to a broad and balanced national curriculum and all extra-curricular activities in line with our inclusive ethos.


Teaching is differentiated to match the particular needs of the child and effort as well as achievement is recognized in all areas of the curriculum.


  • How does the academy adapt the curriculum and the learning environment?


Teachers plan lessons which will engage all children and whilst support is forthcoming, we aim to make our children independent learners.

Classroom displays are designed to help children learn, providing points of reference and children are provided with additional resources to aid their engagement with the lessons.


The academy is well resourced and provides a stimulating environment.


The academy employs a number of specialists to work with individual children on particular aspects of development/learning.


  • ·         What additional support for learning is available for children with SEND?


The academy employs a speech and language therapist and an Educational psychologist as well as works with a number of outreach support agencies, such as Lancasterian Sensory Support Service and the Grange Autistic Outreach Support Service.


Teaching assistants provide individual and small group support in the classroom and additional support during interventions, working with children on phonics, reading, speech and language and specific literacy difficulties.


  • ·         What activities are available to children with SEND beyond the curriculum?


All children have access to the breakfast and after school club which provide a range of learning activities and a wide range of curriculum clubs, such as languages, sports, music and arts and crafts.


  • ·         How does the academy improve the emotional and social development of children with SEND?


The academy provides therapeutic services, such as play and dance therapy as well as counselling.

Some families are supported through the Manchester Common Assessment Framework (MCAF).


The designated Safeguarding Officer is Mrs A. Penn, Vice Principal and in her absence,

Mrs S. Murfin, Principal.


The Executive Principal, Mr C. O’Shaughnessy is responsible for the monitoring and correct administration of the Disclosure and Barring service procedures and the school’s Single Central record.


  1. 4.    Information about the expertise and training of staff in relation to children with SEND


All teaching staff have a good understanding of SEND issues and are supported by the SENCO who has undertaken the National Award for Special Needs Coordinators training.


The academy has a qualified Speech and Language therapist, Miss J. McGrath, who works closely with children who need specialist support.  She has trained all early years staff in delivering Elklan speech and language sessions.


The Educational Psychologist, Dr J. Ben-Ali, has advised teaching staff on resources and strategies and meets regularly with teachers and teaching assistants to review progress.


Teaching assistants deliver specific interventions for which they have undertaken the

relevant training.


The academy will use outside agencies in order to access specialist support:


NHS occupational therapists


The Grange (Autism Outreach Service)

Bridgelea Pupil Referral Unit Outreach Services

CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)


PASS (Physical & Sensory Service) to support pupils with hearing/visual Impairment

Lancasterian Outreach and Inclusion Service

One Education literacy/dyslexia specialists


NHS Speech and language therapists

Manchester General Children’s Hospital (Pediatricians)

School Nurse




  1. The arrangements for including parents/carers of children with SEND in the education of their child.

Parents are invited to contact their child’s class teacher initially to share and discuss any concerns.  The SENCO is available to meet with parents/carers should they wish to discuss any issues.

The SENCO invites parents/carers to review meetings.

There are numerous social activities throughout the year to which all parents are invited.

The academy is in regular contact with parents/ carers of children with SEND.

Parents evenings are held termly.


  1. Arrangements for consulting children with SEND about their education


Children with EHC plans and Looked After Children have the opportunity to report their views and experiences at regular review meetings.

All children are encouraged to speak to teaching staff about their short and long term targets.

All children are involved in regular dialogue with their class teacher about their progress.

The school council meet on a regular basis to discuss issues raised by their classmates.

Children are asked for their views on a range of whole school issues.


  1. Arrangements made by the Governing body relating to the treatment of complaints from parents/carers of children with SEND concerning the provision made at the academy


If parents/carers of children with SEND have concerns they should share these initially with the class teacher or the SENCO.  We will always listen to your concerns and try our best to find an acceptable solution or way forward.  If parents/carers are not satisfied, they are welcome to make an appointment to meet with the Principal, Mrs S. Murfin to discuss the issues further. 


Should you feel the issues have not been addressed satisfactorily, you should write a formal letter to the Executive Principal, Mr C. O Shaughnessy. 


If for some reason, you are still not happy with how your concerns have been dealt with, you should then write a formal letter to the Chair of Governors, Mr J. Battle.  The Governing Body will then deal with these concerns following the procedures of the school complaint’s policy.


If parents/carers are not happy with the outcome, they can then take their concern to the Local Authority Complaints Officer.


  1. 8.    How the governing body involves other bodies, including health and social services bodies, local authority support services and voluntary organizations in meeting the needs of children with SEND and in supporting the families of such children


The academy works closely with the Educational Psychologist, speech and language therapist and school nurse.


Medical checks for children known to children’s services can be carried out in school.


Referrals can be made to other agencies relating to the health and wellbeing of our children.


Staff receive epilepsy training and diabetes training.  This is regularly updated. 

All staff receive asthma training annually.

Prescribed medicines can be administered only where a signed Medicine consent form is in place  

to ensure the safety of both child and staff member. 

Specific members of staff have basic first aid training. 


  1. 9.    Who can I contact for further information?

I hope this has answered any queries you may have but if you have further questions or if you have any concerns regarding SEND matters please do not hesitate to contact us.


Seymour Road Academy

Seymour Road South



M11 4PR

0161 370 2616



  1. The contact details of support services for the parents of pupils with SEND.


Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchester

Telephone: 0161 209 8356            Email: parents@manchester.gov.uk       

For free confidential and impartial information, advice and support about any matters relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of children and young people up to the age of 25 years.


Statutory Assessment Team

Telephone: 0161 245 7439            Email: sen@manchester.gov.uk  

Enquiries about requests for Education, Health and Care Plans including conversions of SEN Statements


Travel Co-ordination Unit

Telephone: 0161 219 6400            Email: hometoschool@manchester.gov.uk       

Enquiries about home to school transport for children with statements of SEN or EHC plans. Please note that telephone enquiries are answered by Environment On Call.


Specialist Resource Teams       

Telephone: 0161 245 7180            Email: shortbreaks@manchester.gov.uk

Enquiries about short breaks for children and young people with SEND.


  1. Contact details of support services for supporting pupils with SEND in transferring between

phases of education.


Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Manchester

0161 209 8356         Email: parents@manchester.gov.uk

For free confidential and impartial information, advice and support about any matters relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities of children and young people up to the age of 25 years.


Statutory Assessment Team

Telephone: 0161 245 7439            Email: sen@manchester.gov.uk  

Advice on how to support your child with transition to high school and further education


  1. Information on where the local authority’s local offer is published








Seymour Road Academy

Seymour Road South

M11 4PR

Tel: 0161 370 2616
Email: admin@seymourroad.manchester.sch.uk

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