Lytham Road, Manchester, Lancashire M14 6PL

0161 2243 892

Find out how we can support your child if they need additional support or alternative arrangements.

Make an appointment to come in and speak to Mrs Skelhorn by phoning 0161 224 3892

 or by emailing

At Birchfields we have experience of supporting children with a variety of Special Educational Needs (SEN) including learning difficulties, communication difficulties, emotional difficulties and sensory difficulties.  We liaise with parents, families and experts involved with the child to discuss what support and arrangements can be made to meet each individual child's needs.


When concerns are raised that a child may have SEN, the SENco will observe the child in class and talk to the child about how they feel about their learning strengths and difficulties.  She will arrange a meeting with the class teacher and parents to discuss concerns.  This may lead to a period of further monitoring or a support plan being implemented quickly.  Children will be added to the SEN register if all parties agree there are ongoing needs.


Children on the SEN Support list are monitored by class teachers and discussed termly with the SENco.  The SENco has an individual meeting with each child twice a year to discuss their learning strengths and support mechanisms.  This is followed by a group meeting of parents, class teacher, SENco and anyone else who is involved in the child's education.  The group meeting reviews and evaluates progress and support, plans upcoming support and decides what further assessment is needed.    


Class teachers are guided by the SENco to ensure individual children's needs are met within the classroom.  They differentiate work including personalisation if needed.  The SENco also advises on classroom layout and resources appropriate for supporting individual children.  KS1 classes have a TA in class with the teacher who provides some additional learning support to a range of vulnerable learners within the class.  KS2 have a TA between 3 classes and 2 High Level TA's to provide additional support.  These additional staff prioritise supporting children to have strategies for independently accessing learning in class but also provide some short term, intensive, out of class support.


Transition to a new class within school is planned for children with SEN on an individual basis.  It begins as early as possible in the summer term in preparation for September.  Some children are given a booklet to look at over the summer with information about their new class.  Transition from Reception to Year 1 includes visits from the new teacher to the class in their current setting and a series of visits to the new classroom both with and without their Reception teacher.  Transition from Year 6 to High school is planned on an individual basis with the High school and parents.  Birchfields will provide accompanying adults and transport for some High School visits.


We have a High Level TA who specialises in emotional and social support.  Mrs Willis works from our Th'inc room and supports children referred to her by class teachers and the SENco.  She is trained to support children through life events such as bereavement or sudden changes in circumstances, and also to help with long term difficulties such as anxiety or difficulty making friends.  Mrs Willis manages a variety of activities to support vulnerable children at break and lunch times.


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