Special Education and Disability Additional Needs Provision

 Please find information below about the additional education needs and disability provision across Oldham and at our school.


St Mary's Provision for Additional Educational Needs

Key Contacts

St Mary's School SENCO: Mrs J Parkin

St Mary's School Governor with responsibility for SEND: Mrs R Broadhurst

Please select from the documents below or click on the picture link to access our SEND Information Report and find out about the provision at school.

File icon: pdf SEND School Information Report 2021-2022 [pdf 81KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Accessibility Plan 2021-24 [pdf 56KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SEND Policy 2020-21 [pdf 105KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Disability Equality Scheme and Policy 2021 [pdf 117KB] Click to download

SEND Coffee Mornings

Please see flyer below.

File icon: pdf OPCF flyer for schools 2021 [pdf 2MB] Click to download

Speech and Language Therapy Parent's Course

The B.I.R.D. Charity is pleased to offer ‘Lets Talk’ -  a course aimed at parents/carers of children below 6 years exploring communication. This is an Elklan accredited course which aims :

• To give you practical ideas to help develop and enhance your child's ability to listen, understand and speak.

• To learn why some children find it challenging to understand what is said to them and to talk.

• To help you develop your child's talking so s/he is ready for school

• To share ideas with other parents and carers.

The course will run online over 8 sessions - Thurs 4th Nov, Thurs.11th Nov, Thurs18th Nov, Thurs 25th Nov, Thurs 2nd Dec, Thurs,6th Jan, Thurs 13th Jan, Thurs 20th Jan From 9.30am to 11.30am.

For more information please see the flyer below.

File icon: pdf Let's Talk - Parents Course - Autumn 2021 [pdf 253KB] Click to download

Lets Talk Together Courses

Bird have two “Lets Talk Together” courses starting later this month – one on a Saturday and one on a Thursday, both will run online. These are for parents of children who are verbal with social communication difficulties including those with a diagnosis of autism. I’ve attached the flyers for both courses with relevant details and also the booking form that needs to be completed and returned to us to secure a place.

File icon: pdf Parenting Support Course - Oldham Weekday - September-January [pdf 132KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Parenting Support Course - Saturday - Oldham September-January [pdf 132KB] 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 www.point-send.co.uk .  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

Please click on the link to access Oldham Council's provision for children with additional educational needs and disabilities age 0-25 and their families. 

Please click on the picture link to visit their website.

For information about activities and clubs for children and young adults with additional needs across the Oldham area please select the document below.

Point of contact - Gerri Barry/Jean Reid: local.offer@oldham.gov.uk 


File icon: pdf What is the Local Offer - CfDC [pdf 393KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Good Practice and Quality Assurance Guide [pdf 69KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SEND Local Offer Leaflet [pdf 390KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf A guide to making conversations with schools count for all families [pdf 264KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Transition Questions for Parents Leaflet November 2019 [pdf 135KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Oldham Library Sensory Room Flyer 2019 [pdf 1MB] Click to download

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.  The Department for Education has put together a Local Offer guide and video which explains what is meant by Local Offer and what you can expect from your local authority.

Oldham Council's Additional Needs Register

Please can we strongly encourage all parents of SEND children 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 register by clicking on the picture link.

Barrier Breakers

Oldham Council Reports, Strategies, Values and Codes of Practice (SEND)

Please click on the picture link to access the information.  This information contains Oldham Council's SEND Written Statement of Action (WSOA).


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.

Please click on the picture link to visit their website.

POINT Co-production

File icon: pdf POINT SEND Self Support Workshops Flyer [pdf 96KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SENDIAS Service [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SEND Workshops and Training Service [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SEND Mediation and DRS [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Oldham Parent Carer Forum [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Ability Wheelz Cycling Centre [pdf 1MB] Click to download

SEND Local Offer Sports

Family Information Service

The Family Information Service (FIS) provides free, impartial, up-to-date information to support parents / carers with children and young people aged 0-20.

Please click on the picture link to visit their website.

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 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. 

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service

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.

Our support services are tailored to your individual needs and are both personal and confidential.  We 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.

Please click on the picture link to visit their website.

Families of ASD Children Engaging Together

FACETS is a support group for families of children on the autistic spectrum and their sibilings the opportunity to get together, share advice, support, challenges in a friendly environment on a weekly basis.

They welcome children up to 16 years old and their families on Tuesdays 4.00pm till 6.00pm at the Nicola Hughes Satellite Centre, Wellington Road, Greenfield, OL3 7AL £2.00 per child.


Feel free to contact us at facetfamilies@gmail.com or phone 07887 877508.