At St. Mary’s we have a child-centred, inclusive approach to working with children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. We put the child at the heart of everything we do, promoting high standards and the fulfilment of potential for all pupils, without exception.
At St. Mary’s, we recognise that ‘with God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26). Everyone is valued, respected as an individual and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
Our faith, underpinned by our core Christian values of love, respect, creativity, forgiveness and perseverance, is at the heart of school life.
Our core values are things which we will all do to support us living out our vision every day.
We have a special educational needs team who work passionately to ensure the SEND needs of individual pupils are met, both academically and emotionally. The team consists of Mrs.Anstey (SENDCo), Ms. Hadfield (Learning Mentor), Mrs.Welsh (Intervention/EHCP Support Assistant) and Ms. Liddell (E.L.S.A).
They work closely with parents and carers, children, class teachers and learning support assistants to ensure that those with special educational needs have full access to the curriculum and achieve their individual potential. Quality-first teaching techniques are implemented for all pupils, alongside carefully selected small group and one-to-one interventions. These interventions are well-structured and targeted to ensure progress is made against individual outcomes. The SEND team also ensure staff have regular and effective professional development opportunities.
Positive relationships with parents underpin our work. The SEND team are committed to supporting parents, liaising with them on a regular basis both formally and informally. They also work effectively with outside agencies to support individual needs, and have built positive relationships with professionals from a variety of teams, including Speech and Language (SALT), Educational Psychologists (EP), Stockport Autism Team (ADAPT) and School Health. Providing professional support to enable parents to liaise effectively with outside agencies is another key part of our work, ensuring we create a successful team around the child.
We create a positive and supportive environment by providing an education that is appropriate to pupils' needs, removing barriers to learning and participation and promoting active engagement, healthy relationships and positive wellbeing for all pupils. This is supported by our proactive approach to behaviour whereby we encourage, model and reinforce desirable, positive behaviours from all pupils.
We aim to understand individual pupil's learning needs by using the graduated approach of 'assess, plan, do, review'. Assessment is regular and purposeful and is informed by parents and carers and other professionals, as well as the pupil themselves. This rigorous and thorough process enables class teachers to make informed professional decisions about the best next steps for teaching each child.
The Children & Families Act 2014 and the updated SEND Code of Practice (2020) have highlighted many changes within SEND, including the introduction of each school providing a Local Offer. Our Local Offer can be found below and provides information on our school provision for children with SEND.
Stockport SEND Local Offer - SEND Support from the Local Authority
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011). The Stockport SEND Local Offer provides advice, information and services to children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and their families.
Stockport Entitlement Framework
The local authority has worked with parents, early years settings, schools, colleges and a range of professionals to develop Stockport Entitlement Framework. This document helps teachers and school leaders at St. Mary's Primary to further improve how they support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and help parents to understand how the needs of their children should be met.
Please see Stockport Entitlement Framework PDF below.
SEND Information Report
In order to make our offer for St. Mary’s C.E Primary School accessible and user-friendly, we have structured the information in our SEND Information Report around a set of Frequently Asked Questions.
Information about the Stockport Outcomes Framework can be found here:
Information about Stockport's Co-production Charter can be found here:
Please also see Stockport local area Co-production Charter
The Local Authority produces a SEND Newsletter on the last Friday of every month.
If you would like to sign up to receive this please follow the link:-