SEND Speech/Language

If your child is transferring to Parrs Wood and already has special educational need, your primary school will inform the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Parrs Wood. These children form the majority of SEND students at the school. There is planning between the schools and with parents/carers in Year 6 to support the student’s move from primary to secondary school.
On entry to the school, all students are screened for reading, spelling and numeracy skills. This system can pick up potential difficulties at the earliest stage.
Some children do well at primary school but find the transition to secondary education more difficult. The teachers are highly alert so that such areas of need are spotted early and referred to the Inclusion Team so that support can be coordinated promptly.
The school listens to parents. Sometimes, the first signs of difficulty are picked up through conversation at home so parents are always welcome to contact the school to talk about concerns.
If you are concerned about your child’s abilities, the school will listen to your concerns, discuss them with you and agree on a plan that might only need light monitoring or might require assessment by specialist staff or external agencies.
You can contact the school by phone, letter, e-mail or fax (please see contact details on the home page of the school website). You may prefer to contact the school through a family friend or professional translator if you feel more comfortable using a language other than English.
If your child is still at primary school, talk to your child’s teacher there who can help you look at any issues and make links with Parrs Wood to help prepare for the next year.
An EHCP is a legal document that identifies a child’s SEND needs and focuses on the support required to meet agreed outcomes. The key difference between a statement of SEN and EHCPs is that, as well as the educational elements covered in statements, EHCPs also outline the child’s health and social care needs, outcomes and support.
For all the school students, the school will always send you a letter to let you know if we are proposing to offer your child support that is additional to or different from what is already in place for all mainstream students. Parents evenings are both opportunities to discuss your child’s progress and needs and to find out about support options. Parents are always welcome to contact their child’s Form Tutor at any time to discuss particular concerns as they arise.
For students with statements and EHCPs an identified needs and an education plan will be in place from the time they start at Parrs Wood. Their support lessons will show on their timetables. Students will have an Annual Review of their progress and needs. This comes in the form of a full written school report in advance of a specially arranged face to face meeting between parents and staff. During this meeting, students, parents and staff have the chance to express their views about the progress being made and the provision they are receiving at school.
All staff are trained, (through a programme of Continuing Professional Development ), in adapting lesson plans to increase the use of elements known to support students who need extra help. For some students with lighter needs, this is all that is required to help them make progress.
Teachers also have access to the profiles of students known to have specific needs and they can collaborate with the specialist staff to build adaptations to activities especially for those individual students.
Many lessons benefit from having a Learning Support Assistant in the class who can spot difficulties and help to give instant support.
You will have opportunities to discuss subject choices in Year 9 with the aim of selecting subjects based on your child’s strengths and interests.
If your child is specifically funded through their statement or EHCP, meetings with the SENCO will include discussion and agreement about how that funding is used and monitored.
Please see link to ‘Sensory and/or Physical Needs’ and the school’s Medical Needs and Disability policy.
The Inclusion Faculty employ staff who have received additional formal training in their area of specialism: learning/literacy, speech/language/social communication needs (SLCN), mentoring for social/emotional/mental health. All Learning Support Assistants receive regular Continuing Professional Development training and coaching for specific issues / students, from the relevant specialists.
The school brings in additional expertise (assessment, staff training and intervention) from outside agencies eg: Educational Psychology and Speech and Language Therapy.
The school provides parents with advice on how to support your child’s homework. Parents are always welcome to contact their child’s Form Tutor for more specific advice at any time.
Parents will be invited to attend other specific events during the year e.g. Parents’ Evening or Options Evening, which give further support to parents and students.
All teachers give regular feedback to students in their marking under action points. Annual reports written at Parrs Wood High School often contain advice that will be discussed and developed with you at the face-to-face Annual Review meeting.
Parents are always welcome to contact their child’s support team for ongoing advice.
It is vital that all students in our school feel valued, cared for, confident and supported.
Staff providing additional support to students with special educational needs will help in a number of ways such as: ensuring that the student knows who they can talk to if they have any worries; group work about making and keeping friends or having successful conversations; helping gain independence in school or providing time out cards.
Students who have social, emotional and mental health issues or develop them later on are offered additional measures to help them cope. Read more on the social, emotional and mental health page.
All students will have at least one meeting with a member of careers staff. During this meeting students will have the chance to talk about different Post 16 options.
Some students will complete a 1 week work experience during Year 11. This helps to give students a taste of a working environment and can help inform them about which course they would like to take, post-16. Students may take part in programmes of work which help prepare them for life post-16 e.g. longer work experience placements or college link placements.
School staff will liaise with work experience placements to ensure that their staff are aware of student needs. Students will receive support with completing college applications.
The Manchester Local Offer is an online document that parents and carers can refer to. It is a list of services, clubs and schools that are available in Manchester to support children and young pupil with SEND.