SEND & Local Offer

SEND at Corpus

An Overview of SEND at Corpus

What we offer to support the learning and additional needs of children with SEND

Corpus Christi is an inclusive and supportive school that aims to inspire and provide support for all our pupils. We follow a ‘needs driven’ approach to SEND provision and we listen to and work with both children and parents to evaluate what children need and we aim to provide this. We pride ourselves in teaching and providing support to individual children and not teaching to a diagnosis as we are aware that each child is unique and their individual needs are therefore also unique. Pupils are fully at the heart of the decision making process at Corpus Christi through Person Centred reviews wherever possible so they have ownership of their targets and are fully included in the evaluation and impact these have had. We know that parents are our key partners in how we meet the additional needs of our pupils. We recognise it as our role as a Catholic school to support parents as the primary educators of their children. They are fully involved and informed in any interventions their child may be accessing.

Ofsted said:

“…the school focuses on pupils as individuals and this is reflected in the outstanding care, guidance and support for all, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those whose circumstances make them potentially vulnerable. There are very strong links with a wide range of external agencies for the benefit of pupils and induction and transition arrangements for pupils new to the school and those entering secondary education are of the highest quality, ensuring continuity in learning and development.”

Below is some information about what we can offer children with SEND. 

How we identify Individual Special Educational Needs

  • When pupils have identified SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) before they start at Corpus Christi R C Primary School, we will work with the people who already know them and use the information already available to identify what their SEN(Special Educational Needs) will be in our school setting.
  • If you have any concerns or you think your child has a SEN we will discuss this with you and always check it out– we will share with you what we find and agree with you what we will do next and what you can do to help your child. If you have any concerns please feel free to make an appointment to see either your child’s class teacher or Mrs Hurndall (SENCo).
  • If our teachers think your child may have a SEN this may be because they are not making the same progress

How we involve pupil and their parents/carers in identifying SEN and planning to meet them

  • We are child and family centred so you can expect to be fully involved in assessment of SEN and regular planning meetings with school staff and, where appropriate, outside agencies.
  • Where your child’s needs may be more complex, we may complete a CAF (Common Assessment Framework.) This document assesses all aspects of your child’s learning and development and indeed the impact upon your whole family. An action plan will be drawn up and professionals will complete this to help your child to make progress. You will choose a ‘lead professional’ to act on your behalf and ensure all actions are completed.
  • When we assess SEN we will discuss with you if understanding and behaviour are the same at school and home; we take this into account and work with you so that we are all helping your child in the same way and helping them make progress.
  • Where appropriate we will write and review Provision Maps and targets with pupils and parents/carers on a termly basis.
  • We use homework to repeat and practice activities that are new and presenting a challenge to a pupil.

How we adapt the curriculum so that we meet SEN

  • All staff are trained to make materials and learning easier or more challenging so that every child is able to learn at their level.
  • We use additional schemes/materials so that we have something at the right level for pupils with SEN. We use school based programmes alongside purchased programmes such as Toe by Toe for reading, STERN and Magic Maths for mathematics and BLAST and Talking Partners for language and communication.

How we modify teaching approaches

  • Many of our staff are trained in a variety of approaches which means we are able to adapt to a range of SEN: specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia); Autistic Spectrum Condition; speech, language and communication needs; and behavioural, social and emotional difficulties.

SEND Contact Information

We hope that this provides you with the information you need but if there is anything you feel we could help you with further do not hesitate to contact the school office or the following specialist staff:

  • SENCO – Mrs J Gifford
  • Executive Headteacher  – Mr C Hanson

SEN Policy

More information regarding SEN at Corpus can be found in our SEN Policy on the school policies page

Useful Links for SEND

POINT Oldham (Parental Support Group):

Oldham Local Authority’s Local Offer:

Information, Advice and Support Service:

Family Information Service:

Self Support Workshops: SEND Self Support Workshops

Oldham SEND IAS Service:  SENDIAS Service

Autism Post Diagnosis training: SEND Workshops & Training Service

Mediation and disagreement advice: SEND Mediation & DRS

Free forum for SEND families in Oldham: Oldham Parent Carer Forum

Adapted cycles to hire in Oldham: Ability Wheelz Cycling Centre