SEND Co-ordinator

Hi, I’m Mandy Hughes and I have been the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) at Lowerplace for 6 years.

I have overall responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disability Provision, as well as Safeguarding and Child Protection responsibilities.

All staff at Lowerplace are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all children. We are an inclusive school, working with parents/carers and a range of professionals to ensure the best education for all.

I work very closely with Mrs Kelly, Mrs Mulkeen and class teachers to ensure that children’s needs are quickly identified and that the right provision is in place to help every pupil make good progress.

If a teacher has any concerns about the progress or attainment of a child, I am able to support with advice around differentiated teaching, additional support, interventions or nurture programmes. When a child is identified as having needs over and above the level where these methods would succeed then they may be referred for specific assessments. This would be done with parental consent, and we encourage parents to be fully involved in working with us to shape their child’s learning journey at Lowerplace. We are also able to access support from external agencies, as appropriate, including:

Speech & Language Therapists
Educational Psychologists
Rochdale Additional Needs Service (RANS)
Child & Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Occupational Therapists
Hearing Impairment Advisory Teachers
Visual Impairment Advisory Teachers