Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Inclusion Information

At St Agnes we aim to provide all children with an education according to their individual needs. We believe that the educational goals for all children are the same. All pupils are encouraged to be actively involved in self-assessment and planning. We hope to achieve a positive partnership with parents. The term Special Needs is a very broad one, covering a wide range of conditions. A child may experience difficulties, which may fall into one or more of the following categories:

1. a physical or mental disability

2. a problem relating to hearing, speech or sight

3. a behavioural or emotional problem.

4. difficulties related to a specific curriculum area ie. Mathematics

5. difficulties of a more general nature covering some or all areas of the curriculum

For some children these areas of Special Needs become apparent before they come into school and may be highlighted by medical professionals. However in most cases the need for extra help will only become clear after they start school. The school has a policy document in place, which explains the rational, purposes, and guidelines of how each child’s individual needs will be met. This policy conforms to the guidelines laid down by the Local Authority (LA) and is in accordance with the government’s requirements. The policy is available for parents to view on request should the need arise, it is available on the School Website. There is a designated SENCo, Miss Butterworth, in school whose specific role is to develop, implement and monitor the school’s SEN policy. She is directly accountable to the governors. Miss Butterworth also has a responsibility to liaise between colleagues, parents, pupils and outside agencies when it is appropriate. The rights of all pupils to have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum is fundamental to the ethos and philosophy of the school. The school will make every attempt to accommodate the needs of every child regarding areas of provision for special needs, currently in school we have a disabled toilet and one ramp. Accessibility for wheelchairs is limited.

SENCo: Miss S Butterworth

SEND Governor: Ms S Gittins

Please note:  Whilst every effort has been made evaluate these sites for content, St Agnes School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.

To find out more about our provision at school for children with additional needs please select the appropriate document from below.

Click to Download ST AGNES SEND and EHWB RECOMMENDED READING LIST [pdf 598KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Accessibility Plan 2022-2023 [pdf 411KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Special Educational Needs Policy 2022 [pdf 394KB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Information Report 2022-23 [pdf 220KB] Click to Download

Speech, Language and Communication Resources

Please select the document below.

Click to Download Speech, Language and Communication - We Can Help Talk [pdf 164KB] Click to Download

SEND Helpline (Talk Oldham)

SEND Helpline (Talk Oldham) is now available Tel: 0161 503 1559 (Mon to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm). The helpline will offer vital Information and signposting for Oldham SEND families during this critical period of uncertainty. The new helpline team are ready and waiting to receive calls so please can you promote the helpline with staff and families?  Families can also access 1:1 live chats  7.00 – 9.00pm weekdays .  You will also find this information POINTS social media pages @POINTsend so please share.  The attached pdf can be added to schools and settings own website if you wish.


Oldham Council Local Offer for Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Local Authorities must publish support that is available for children and young people with S.E.N. and disabilities and their families.

This information is called the 'Local Offer' and must include education, health and care services and must be clear and easy to understand.

To access the Oldham Council Local Offer please click on the picture link.

Point of contact - Gerri Barry/Jean Reid:


What is the Local Offer?

The Oldham Local Offer provides information on what is available in Oldham for children and young people and their families with special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND).

The Local Offer has been produced by children, young people, parents, carers and practitioners working together. Families have been engaged throughout the development of the Local Offer and feedback forms are a fundamental part of it's ongoing development.

Oldham Council Local Offer Guidance

Please select from the documents below.


Click to Download What is the Local Offer - CfDC [pdf 386KB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Local Offer Leaflet [pdf 386KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Good Practice and Quality Assurance Guide [pdf 69KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Oldham Local Offer Activities 2018 [pdf 260KB] Click to Download
Click to Download A guide to making conversations with schools count for all families [pdf 264KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Transition Questions for Parents Leaflet November 2019 [pdf 135KB] Click to Download

Oldham Council SEND Written Statement

These website pages contain information about Reports, strategies, values, codes of practice (SEND).

To access the Oldham Council SEND Written Statement please click on the picture link.

SEND North West Newsletters

Please click on the link below to view the newsletters.

External Link Icon North West SEND Monthly Newsletter

Children's Additional Needs and Disability 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.

Parents of Oldham in Touch - P.O.I.N.T.

P.O.I.N.T. website is packed with information to support you and your child or young person. We are determined that through our collaborations across Health, Education and Social Care, that together, we can improve the life chances and aspirations of children and young people with additional Needs and disabilities.

To find out more visit their website by clicking on the picture link or select the document below to download their handbook.

POINT Co-production

Click to Download Oldham SEND Handbook [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Ability Wheelz Cycling Centre [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Oldham Parent Carer Forum [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Mediation and DRS [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Self Support Workshops [pdf 96KB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Workshops and Training Service [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download SENDIAS Service [pdf 1MB] Click to Download

SEND Local Offer Sports Provision

SEND Gateway Resources

Whole School SEND is a consortium of charities, schools and organisations. We are committed to helping children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or learning differences reach their full potential.

Hosted by nasen, we deliver the Department for Education SEND Schools’ Workforce Support Contract and a randomised control trial funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Oldham Family Information Service

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


To find out more visit their website by clicking on the picture link


Formerly known as Parent Partnership, Oldham. 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.

To find out more visit their website by clicking on the picture link.

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. 

Government Advice - Making a Complaint about Special Educational Needs Provision (SEN)

If you want to complain about a school’s SEN support, you should do it while your child is still registered at the school.  This includes complaints that the school has not provided the support required by your child’s SEN statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Please access the government's advice website by clicking on the picture link or to view our school Complaints Policy please use this link.