SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) at Oak Tree Primary School

Welcome to Oak Tree Primary School SEND page. We value every child as an individual and recognise that all children, whatever their academic ability, can achieve and be successful. We are committed to providing an environment for learning for each pupil and fully inclusive teaching for all. We have an inclusive policy and aim to help all children to gain access to a broad and balanced curriculum and to reach their full potential. We encourage in all members of our school, a code of positive behaviour, which promotes an understanding of the needs of others. We believe that every child should feel able to make a valued contribution to school life in order that self-esteem can develop. We aim to build each child’s self-esteem using a positive approach, while ensuring the setting of realistic, achievable goals which are closely monitored and reviewed. We respect the fact that children:

· have different educational needs and aspirations;

· require a range of strategies to facilitate learning;

· acquire, assimilate and communicate information at different rates;

· need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences.

It is extremely important to us that, as experts in your child, we value the impact on outcomes of co-production with parents and professionals. Our commitment to the Stockport Co-production Charter underpins this and we strive to work together to build a package of support together. Please click here to find out more about our pledge to Stockport's vision for the future of co-production.

If you would like to discuss SEND at Oak Tree further, please contact our SENDCo Mrs Elaine Merrick 

Local Offer

Since 2014, all Local Authorities must publish, in one place, information about provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 years of age who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. This is called the Local Offer.

The Local Offer must include both local provision and provision outside the area that the local authority expects is likely to be used by children and young people with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities for whom they are responsible.

The Local Offer has two key purposes:

To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities available.
To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEND, parents and carers, and service providers.

The Local Offer forms a significant part of the new SEN Code of Practice and focusses on statutory duties for local authorities. The Local Offer is what goes on every day to support children and young people with SEN and how we ensure quality around this. This includes what we expect to be available in schools, colleges and other educational provision.

This Statement sets out, the responsibilities of the school, Governors and the Local Authority for meeting the needs of pupils and their parents/carers who have been identified as having Special Educational/Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

By law, the Local Authority has to publish the arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and further details are available in the Local Authority Local Offer. All school receive funding in their budget to allow them to provide for pupils with SEN, and have the freedom to make the necessary arrangements using existing staff, or look for advice and support from outside the school. When a child has a special need, the school and its Governing body is required to fulfil the requirements set out in the Children and Families Bill 2014.

Please click on the files to the right to view our school SEND offer and Accessibility Plan, as well as the Stockport Local Offer. For more information on the Stockport offer, please visit

Please click here  to access Stockport's Local Offer

It is often updated with new information for parent/carers and young people with Special Educational Needs and or disabilities in Stockport.

Please click here to access the Stockport Entitlement Framework page. This is a very comprehensive document outlining best practice for all and co-production between schools and parents and children. This is part of our continuous development and planning and is an integral part of teaching practice at Oak Tree.

Please click here to have your say on the aspects of SEND services in Stockport and view the March SEND Improvement Journey E-Newsletter. Our school is highlighted for excellence in SEND!

Our offer

Our vision statement is the back drop for all we do in school, including our work with our pupils with additional learning needs. The SEND Information report document gives families information about the variety of ways we ensure we support our children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to achieve their potential. We provide a full range of educational and pastoral support to all of our pupils and by setting realistic and measurable outcomes, those with SEND have the opportunity to make progress. The information here is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and resources where necessary.

There are a number of reasons why a child may be identified as having SEN:

  • They are having significant difficulty with their learning and making far less progress than would be expected.
  • They have a specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia.
  • They have social, emotional or mental health difficulties.
  • They have difficulties with social communication and interaction, for example Autism or language difficulties.
  • They have sensory and/or physical needs, for example visual impairment or sensory overload.

SEND documents

Please see the attachments: SEND policy, SEND information report and our Accessibility plan

Provision and support

  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at Oak Tree Primary School - Elaine Merrick

Mrs Merrick will oversee the support your child receives by: providing professional support for teachers and support staff in the school, so they can help your child achieve the best possible progress in school. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources. Also by liaising with other people who may be coming into school to help support your child's learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapist (SALT), Learning Support Service (LSS), Behaviour Support Service (BSS) , specifically relating to learning behaviours and how best to support our staff and pupils, Educational Psychologist etc. - please contact the school office 0161 485 1453 to arrange an appointment to meet Mrs Merrick if you require any additional support or email for further information.

We also support children and families through termly SEND support meetings where all parents and carers are invited to be involved in the process and co-produce their child's support plan. Children contribute by having the opportunity to fill in their one page profile and the Stockport ‘I outcomes’ with a trusted member of staff. These are:

 I am confident and able to achieve my goals, My voice is heard and acted upon, I enjoy good health and wellbeing, I feel safe, I feel part of my community, I am happy and I have people I can trust, The people who love me and care for me are enabled to do that.

Please find below some other useful links and resources that may answer any questions you may have. 

Please scroll down to the 'Files to Download' to view the SEND Support pack resources for Home Learning. This includes a Sensory fun pack which provides lots of ideas on supporting sensory needs at home. 


FREE Parent / Carer sessions...  

ASD Parent Support Group - one of the many virtual sessions open to parents who have a child with a diagnosis of ASD or who are on the ASD pathway, awaiting assessment. Meet monthly virtually on teams. Please contact the Autism team if you would like to access this fantastic forum.

Please click here for the Speech and Language Parent Portal

Please click here for the latest Stockport SEND newsletter




Files to Download

Oak Tree Primary School, Queens Road, Cheadle Hulme SK8 5HH