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School Closures 2020


I hope you are all well and keeping safe, we are missing all of our pupils at this time and as a school we wish you all the very best, I am updating this page with some information for parents and will continue to do so as I receive information which is relevant to SEND pupils and their parents:


Return to school information for children

Below are some documents you may wish to use with your children before they start to return to school, there are social stories, posters and information which may help them to understand that school may be a little different from when they were last in school, but school is still fun!


Makaton information

Please see the link below for further information related to COVID 19 in makaton.


SEND Helpline Numbers

The Local Authority have released a helpful guide to places you can contact for support during this time, please see the attached flyer below to help you.



Due to school closures outside agencies are currently postponing appointments as soon as school is back to normal we will work to arrange new appointments for you as soon as possible. This includes Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and Educational Psychology.



If your child was given a Nessy login with their home learning pack, it will really support their basic reading and spelling skills if they continue to use this at home. 


Covid 19 Social Story

Please use the link below for a social story to support your child's understanding of the coronavirus situation.



From Monday 30th March Singing Hands will be live on You Tube Mon-Fri at 10.30am each day to support learning Makaton sign language at home.


We hope to see you all in school very soon.


Take care and stay safe

Kind Regards


Mrs Baines (SENCO)


Welcome and General SEND Information


Welcome to our SEND page, at St Nicholas we value all of our children and are committed to giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


Mrs Emma Baines our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is available if you have any issues/ questions regarding Special Needs. Parents can make an appointment to see Mrs Baines on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.


All of our staff are committed to ensuring that children make progress in school and achieve to the very highest of their ability. Any child who needs extra support are identified as early as possible and individual, achievable targets that move children on in their learning are set. Teachers make provision for these children to work on and achieve these targets in curriculum time. If your childs class teacher thinks that your child may require further support, they will be referred to our SENCo for assessment. Mrs Baines, our SENCo (Special Needs Coordinator) works very closely with teaching staff and teaching assistants to provide support for children with special educational needs within our school. This support takes many forms;


A child may need additional assessing from the SENCo to check their levels in reading, spelling, receptive language and nonverbal ability. This assessment takes place if a class teacher raises concern about their abilities in class. From this assessment, we can see if any additional support is needed for your child.


We follow the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle for our SEND pupils using IEP (Individual Education Plans), EHATs (Early Help Assessment Tool) and Annual Reviews where needed to inform this process.


As a school, we provide support in class through differentiating work, providing support materials and providing interventions in reading, writing, speaking and listening and maths to support and raise attainment.


We also run interventions to support our pupils social and emotional needs these are done through a mixture of outside agency support with referrals to YPAS & PSS and also by the Pastoral Care Manager (PCM) Mrs Needham. The interventions are a mixture of small group interventions and individual (one to one 1:1) support.


Mrs Baines and Mrs Needham work closely with outside agencies to provide support for children with SEND including their emotional needs, we working with Speech and Language (SaLT), Educational Psychology Service, Sensory Service, CAMHS. We also have support from outreach teams at Springwood Heath and we consult other charities such as ADDvanced Solutions and the Isabella Trust for advice and support as needed.


If you have any concerns, questions or comments about your child or Special Needs, please contact us.



We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Inclusion Charter Mark Silver level.


We are a Makaton Friendly School

We are proud to have achieved Makaton Friendly Status in January 2019. This means that we have a commitment to using Makaton across our school and helping anyone who uses it feel welcome in our school. 


We are a Communication Commitment School

As a school we have a continued commitment towards improving communication in all it's forms across our school. We received our certificate of achievement from the Communication Trust in January 2019 in recognition of this commitment.

Parent Drop in sessions

Supporting the whole family is very important to us at St Nicholas and as part of this support, we run Parent drop in sessions to provide much needed support for our parents of children with SEND who may need further advice. Everyone is welcome to join us at these sessions, if you would like further information, please contact Mrs Baines or come along to our next session. The dates for this terms drop in sessions are as follows:


Tueday 3rd March 9-11.30am in school SENCO room


Tuesday 21st April 9-11.30am in school SENCO room


Tuesday 12th May 9-11.30am in school SENCO room


Tuesday 16th June 9-11.30am in school SENCO room


Tuesday 7th July 9-11.30am in school SENCO room




Awareness Days 2019-20


  • Dyslexia Awareness Week 7th-11th October 2019
  • World Mental Health Day- 10th October 2019
  • Neurodiversity Awareness Week 16th-20th March 2020
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Day 21st March 2020
  • Autism Awareness Day 2nd April 2020
  • Mental Health Awareness Week 18th- 24th May 2020


We are supporting:


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SEND Policies and Documents

Inclusion Charter Mark Report

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