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Elm Wood Primary School


Welcome to the SEND area of our website. We hope that the information we provide will give you an understanding of what we have in place at Elm Wood to support all of our pupils, including those with SEND.

We have a really strong team to support SEND at Elm Wood who work closely together to meet all of the needs of our children and their families and would like to introduce them to you.

Our SENDCo is Mrs Lindsay Rodgers who has been in post since January 2017. She has completed the National SENCo Award and has many years of experience working with children with additional needs. She is also our EYFS lead and teaches in Reception. 

Our Learning Mentor, Kate Hunter, completed the National Learning Mentor Training many years ago. Kate is also trained to Level 3 in Counselling and these skills are highly beneficial when supporting children with their emotional health and wellbeing.

Our Lead Learning Mentor - Families, Diane Cantello, has many years experience of working within the Local Authority supporting families through a number of different roles. She has a wealth of knowledge that is invaluable in working to support our children and their families. She is one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads in school and delivers training to the whole staff to ensure that they are all up to date with procedures.

All of the SEND team attend regular and relevant training courses to ensure that we are up to date with current policies and provision to continue to meet the needs of all of our children and families.

If you have any questions regarding our Special Educational Needs and Disability provision, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing the school office at or phoning us on 0161 287 0607 or and we will be happy to help.

We have a team of five Teaching Assistants who are specifically employed to work across the school to offer focused support to our children with additional needs.

All of our Learning Environments are welcoming and engaging for all pupils. However, we recognise that for many reasons children may need to access other areas in the school to receive emotional support or to have some quiet time. There are number of safe areas around school that provide a calm and relaxing environment to allow children to have some time away from the classroom if they are finding things difficult.

The Enchanted Forest

Kate is based in the Enchanted Forest, which is a warm and inviting space for both children and families. There is an open door policy for everyone here. The emotional needs of the children are always a priority and Kate follows a flexible timetable which allows her to be available to offer support whenever it is needed. This room is also used for timetabled individual support or small group sessions to improve emotional health and wellbeing.



Worries and Wishes Tree

The Worries and Wishes Tree is based in the school library. Children are encouraged to share their wishes on the tree for all to see. If they have any worries these can be written down and put into the Worry Box under the tree. Worries will be monitored by Kate and the children will know that their worries have been shared and their child voice has been heard. Kate will help the children to manage these worries in the appropriate way when needed. Children also come to this area when they have requested a Classroom Pass and need a little time out.



Dark Den

We have introduced a sensory tent to school which is known as The Dark Den. This is filled with an array of sensory resources including fidget toys, mirrors, tactile objects, lights, cushions, music and blankets. Children are often accompanied by staff and use the area to meet their sensory needs, however, some of our older children like to spend time in there using their Classroom Passes.



KS2 Snug

This area is available to be used by anyone in need of a quiet space and calming environment.



We are a fully accessible school to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of any prospective pupils, parents or visitors with physical disabilities. All areas of school are accessible for wheelchair users and we have an accessible bathroom fully equipped with an electronic changing table and ceiling hoist.

We are committed to providing high quality education to ensure that we are meeting the individual needs of all our children. Here is an outline of some of the strategies we use and examples of good practice in school:

  • Attendance certificates and prizes, punctuality teddies, breakfast club for identified children with attendance and punctuality concerns
  • Southampton Emotional Literacy Assessments for KS2 children to identify those most in need of support 
  • Dinosaur School is delivered in KS1 (Personal, Social and Emotional development)
  • Small group work and 1:1 sessions within the Enchanted Forest for therapeutic interventions.
  • Wave 1 boxes for all children to have access to learning aids and sensory items to help them focus on their learning
  • Learning animals are used within the classroom to recognise the characteristics of learning and celebrate success
  • Some children take part in Lego Therapy activities
  • Forest School takes place every Wednesday and 3 members of staff are training in this
  • SEN register is updated termly - a section has been developed to show children who are being monitored solely for their mental health needs
  • Children with SEN can have their own supply of Wave 1 items within their areas in the classroom
  • Progress of children with SEND is monitored by the SENCo
  • Parental links with the parents of children with SEN are being developed further
  • Workstations are used by some individual children
  • Visual timetables, now and next cards, feelings thermometers, reward charts, individual warning systems and  personalised planning are among some of the strategies used to support children with SEN
  • Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) applications are made for those children in need
  • Annual and Interim reviews take place with school staff, parents, the school SEN officer and any other relevant professionals for those children with an EHCP
  • Regular updates with parents of children on the SEN register
  • SENCo and Learning Mentor each have their own caseload to ensure consistency
  • Individual Education Plans (IEP's are updated half termly along with the provision map - children who are on an EHCP have targets that are directly linked to the targets in their plan which are then annotated to aid the review process
  • Targets on IEP's change each half term
  • Professionals meetings are held in school to explore a way forward to support children and families in need
  • Parental meetings are held with teachers, SENCo and Learning Mentor as requested
  • SEN Teaching Assistants (TAs) meetings are held to share best practice and discuss any concerns around the children's needs
  • IDL CLoud has been introduced to develop literacy skills in children of all abilities
  • Person Centred Planning is completed for all of the children with an EHCP and any other vulnerable pupils to aid transition and ensure that this is as smooth as possible for these children
  • Referrals are made to appropriate services for children and their families to ensure that they access support in their area of need
  • Early Help Assessment's are completed with families who are identified with the need
  • We facilitate outside services working with children in school to ensure their needs are being met, an example of this is #Thrive doing some early intervention work with a child
  • Peer massage is used in classes after lunchtime to settle the children back into school and get them ready for their learning
  • Children take part in mindfulness, relaxation and meditation sessions
  • Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) has been embedded in school
  • Where a need has been identified we will invite services to come into school to talk to the children, this may be in a classroom or as an assembly. For example we have invited the Sunrise Team in on a number of occasions to work with the children about online safety and appropriate mobile messaging
  • The Family Room in school has a bank of resources available to be used with families in need of support from specific services
  • Community events/provision are displayed on the notice board at the front of school to notify and encourage parents to access support
  • The Enlightening Team have been in school to work with a group of children to develop calming strategies and therapeutic interventions.
  • A Wellbeing Warrior is working with a group of children to develop their understanding of their own feelings and how to manage them in an appropriate way. This support comes from a lady with 15 years of experience within the NHS in child psychology
  • We have close links with a wealth of services and endeavour to find appropriate professionals in order to meet a child/families needs
  • We have close links with other schools within the Middleton area to share best practice
  • Children take part in inter school competitions in spelling, times tables and sports 
  • Healthy Week and Aspirations Day have been successful in school and allow the children to have a great experience
  • There is an open door policy for both the children and the families with the Learning Mentor/Lead Learning Mentor 

We are constantly trying to ensure that we are providing our children and families with the best possible support and are always looking to improve what we offer.

All of the SEND team attend regular and relevant training courses to ensure that we are up to date with current policies and provision to continue to meet the needs of all of our children and families.



For further information  visit:

Rochdale Local Offer Website:

Our Rochdale Website:

Information about the Early Help process: