SEND Policy


We passionately believe in ensuring the best provision for all our children.  We are an inclusive school and offer a range of expertise, experience and resources to meet the needs of all our learners.             


School Information Plan

From September 2014 we are obliged to publish a local offer detailing the nature of SEND provision at our school.  You can view this below, as well as information about identification and provision.

Support for Parents

There are a number of sources of further information, help and advice available for parents of children with Special Educational needs.

​Space4Autism are an Autism support group who offer support and advice as well as training and activity sessions for children and their families.

Contact a Family are a national organisation providing comprehensive support and advice about a wealth of isses surrounding special eduactional needs.

CARITAS is a counselling service run by the Salford Diocese and offers a wide range of professional services to support, help and stand alongside children, parents, carers and family members.

New Horizons Psychology – Tim Watson is a registered Educational Child Psychologist who supports schools.


Parent Champions

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust supports parents across the UK. The Trust supports parents and carers of children with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties through the expertise of their partner organisations. Collectively they have a wealth of expertise; they are Dyslexia Action, The British Dyslexia Association, Springboard for Children and Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre.

Please follow the link below for more information.


The British Dyslexia Association

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) campaigns for a dyslexia friendly society where barriers to dyslexic people do not exist. The BDA works to ensure that ALL people with dyslexia fulfil their potential. To achieve this we need to create change, set standards and support and enable people. It is the voice of dyslexic people; it listens to their views, represents their agendas and presses for long lasting sustainable change.


Telephone:  0333 4054567

British Dyslexia Association –

SEND Reform

The Children and Families Bill has now become an act of parliament and can be seen here:

The act became statutory from September 2014 proposes some of the biggest changes to Special Educational Needs for many years.

The SEND team in school are keeping abreast of these proposed changes through a planned programme of training and this page will be updated with more detailed information as we receive it. Below is a summary of the main provision set out in the bill.

Ipsea off free legal advice to parents regarding local authority commitment to SEN – they have some useful articles relating to the proposed changes


Department for Education Visit

The information below is a press release following the visit we had from the Department for Education last week…

Two representatives from the Department for Education visited the Holy Name RC Primary School in Moss Side, Manchester. The aim of the visit was to catch up on progress for a Department for Education-funded Literacy Programme that aims to promote good practice in identifying and supporting children who are struggling with Literacy and may be at risk of SpLD/dyslexia.

This literacy programme is delivered through a partnership between three leading literacy support charities: Dyslexia Action, the British Dyslexia Association and Springboard for Children, who have worked together over the course of a three year period to help improve the literacy skills of young pupils.

To date this project has helped to improve the reading development of more than 800 students across 27 schools in the areas of Leeds, Manchester/Salford, and Swindon. The first two year project was entitled Sound Check and saw literacy intervention through an intensive phonics improvement course delivered over a 20 week period to pupils who had failed their Year 1 phonics check. Of all children during the two year project who re-took the phonics check, 97% increased their scores and 71% met the threshold level.

Thanks to the success of this first stage of the project, the Department for Education has extended its funding for an extra year. Part of this latest year of funding will enable the Sound Check project to be rolled out to further schools, but in addition to that, funding will be used to create a certification framework to recognise schools that uphold good practice in the early identification of dyslexia/SpLDs and difficulties with acquisition of literacy skills and effective provision for children that are struggling with literacy.

The certification framework is conceived as a three-tier structure awarding schools Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels. Through an application process three schools were identified as potential Centres of Excellence across England, one each in Manchester, Leeds, and Swindon. Holy Name RC Primary School, which was involved in the first stage of the Sound Check project, has since been selected to become one of three Centres of Excellence in England and is working towards achieving its Gold Level Certification. As part of this process the school will help others to benefit from their knowledge through the hosting of meetings for other local schools to share best practice in supporting children with literacy difficulties.Today, Department for Education representatives have visited the school to see the Sound Check phonics intervention project in action at the Holy Name RC Primary School and to talk to the school about their involvement in the latest stage of the project.

Holy Name RC Primary School commented, “We are thrilled to be showcasing how we endeavour to help students struggling with literacy to the Department for Education today. We have been extremely pleased to be part of the Sound Check project funded by them. Holy Name is a very caring school environment where children are put first. We appreciate that every pupil is unique and believe that each and every one of them deserves the opportunity to be happy, feel valued and experience success. Support offered through the Sound Check project will help those struggling with literacy to build on their success, self-confidence and overall happiness. We have seen really positive results from the measures that we have put in place as a school as part of the Sound Check literacy support process and are excited to build on and share this knowledge with others in the future.”

Sound Check Project Director, Liz Horobin today said: “The project to date has been hugely successful and we are delighted to have the Department for Education’s backing as well as so many schools’ involvement throughout England. Our hope with this latest phase of the project, is that in creating centres of excellence and a certification system for schools using good practice, we will encourage more schools to follow suit and facilitate sharing of information between schools to adopt appropriate support mechanisms that have already been proven successful. ”
This news follows the recent announcement that the Sound Check Phonics Intervention approach will be included in the latest edition of ‘What works for children and young people with literacy difficulties?’ by Professor Greg Brooks.
This definitive guide, now in its 5th edition, provides education professionals with an overview of the effectiveness of intervention schemes designed to support children who experience difficulty in literacy.


For further details contact:
Sound Check Project Director Liz Horobin on T: 0333 450 4583  E:
Marketing and Communications Manager: Nicola Amoroso T 01784 222353 Email: da-NicolaAmoroso

Please note: Images are for use in conjunction with this editorial only. Please credit these images as courtesy of Dyslexia Action.

Dyslexia Action is a national charity that works to change lives by:

  • Supporting Improvement in Education Provision;
  • Providing direct support to individuals;
  • Leading the agenda for change.

We are the UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties, specialising in assessments, teaching, training and consultancy. We also develop and distribute teaching materials and undertake research.
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Dyslexia Action is the working name for Dyslexia Institute Limited, a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 268502) and Scotland (No. SC039177) and registered in England and Wales as a company (No. 01179975).

British Dyslexia Association –
The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. We aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society. The BDA accredits the training of dyslexic specialist teachers.
Promotes early identification of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and support in schools to ensure there is the opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners.
BDA also works with employers, parents and local dyslexia associations to raise awareness and appropriate support for individuals who experience dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties, recognising their difficulties and strengths.
Registered in England No. 1830587 : Registered Charity No. 289243   Follow us on Facebook and Twitter


Springboard for Children 
Springboard for Children believes every child has the right to a fair chance of future success. Springboard is a charity providing one-to-one support to improve reading and writing for children who are in danger of being left behind in the education system. We only work one-to-one with children and we always work in partnership with schools. Registered Company No. 6251103.  Registered Charity No. 1124257
Find out more…
Website: Facebook: springboardforchildren
Twitter: @springboard4 Blog: Voice from the Centre

The Holy Name RC Primary School – The Holy Name Primary School is a voluntary aided, inclusive, Roman Catholic School serving the children of the Our Lady’s with St Alphonsus and neighbouring parishes.
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that affects auditory memory and processing speed which impacts on literacy development, mathematics, memory, organisation and sequencing skills to varying degrees. Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual development. It is neurological in origin and is seen to run in families. It affects up to 10% of the UK population at some level and can affect anyone of any age and background.


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Denmark Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M15 6JS

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Head of School: Damian Regan
Executive Headteacher: Catherine Gordon

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