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At Sandilands Primary our intention for Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities (SEND) is to ensure that all children receive a high quality and ambitious education regardless of the need or disability. We believe that it is vital that our pupils are equipped with the tools needed to become independent, inquisitive learners both in and out of the classroom. We have a full-time SENDCo, Mrs Thomas, please contact her if you would like any further information or support. 

Through our high quality planning, teaching and provision we:

  • Pride ourselves on early identification and intervention for SEND to ensure that progress and opportunities are maximised.
  • Ensure that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated to enable children to understand the relevance and purpose of learning.
  • Provide an accessible learning environment which is tailored as much as possible to the individual needs of all pupils and minimise barriers to learning.
  • Nurture and support children to become independent learners and develop life skills.
  • Work in partnership with parents and carers, recognising the role this plays in enabling children and young people to reach their potential.
  • Keep the child at the centre of all decisions and actions to meet their needs.
  • Work closely with external agencies and other professionals to hone and develop our provision for children with SEND.

We believe every teacher is a teacher of SEND. As such, inclusion is a thread that runs through every area of school enhanced by collaboration between senior leaders, teachers, support staff, external agencies, parents and most importantly, the child.

All teachers are involved in a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessing, taking into account the differences in pupils’ abilities, aptitudes and interests. Some pupils may need increased levels of provision and support.

As a result

  • Children at Sandilands feel happy, safe and respected.
  • Behaviour at Sandilands i.e. exemplary and diversity is celebrated.
  • Children demonstrate high levels of engagement in activities, developing their speaking, listening and social skills.
  • Children with SEND make good progress from their starting points due to the use of resources and small group intervention which meets the needs of the pupils.
  • On leaving Sandilands, children with SEND have developed good skills and knowledge to support them for the next stage of their education and, in the long view, prepare them for employment, independent living and making a positive contribution to their community.

Useful documents and links

Communication and language

Helpful links and resources


SENDIASS offer information, advice and support to children, young people and parents/carers about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This includes health and social care where it is linked to education. They are a free, dedicated, confidential and impartial service based in Manchester. We are a statutory service, which is commissioned by Manchester City Council.


The national Autistic Society: 


Speech and Language

Speech and language UK:



ADHD Foundation:

Their parent information sheet can be found at


Mental Health

Young Minds:

5 Ways to Wellbeing


Dyslexia/ Dyscalculia

The British Dyslexia association:


Sensory resources 

Sensory strategies 

Back to school resources

Back to school pack - young person

Back to school pack - parent/carer