Special Educational Needs and Disability Information

Welcome to our Special Educational Needs Information Page

Welcome to St. Michael-In-The-Hamlet Community Primary School. We fundamentally believe that all children deserve to access a high quality education in which they can thrive and become the leaders of tomorrow. We have the highest expectations and aims for all members of our school community. We aim that every child will have access to a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum. As a team, we believe that children with special educational needs are best supported through quality first teaching, impactful interventions and adjustments to remove barriers to learning. We recognise that all staff are teachers of SEND and we work together to make a meaningful impact through each and every interaction we have with our children. We strive to ensure all parents, children and staff have a voice that can help shape and refine our educational offer.

The SEND Team around school:

If you would like to contact Mr Norwood or any member of the SEND Team please use the following contacts below:

Email: send@smhsch.co.uk

Contact number: 0151 727 3215

Our Pastoral Provision

We are very lucky at St.Michaels to have two pastoral roles in schools that support a range of children across our setting. Both the Pastoral Lead and Attachment and Trauma Lead support those children that are struggling to access aspects of school and cannot gain support from external agencies. Both roles are being led by wonderful professionals that have vast experiences of working with children with additional needs. If you would like any further information regarding either of our pastoral roles; please contact the SEND email.

What to do if you have a concern?

In the first instance, please speak to your child’s class teacher. They may share your concern or have additional information for you to consider. If you would like to raise this further please contact a member of SEND Team. We will always involve yourself in our decision making process and children will only be added or removed from registers with your approval. The flowchart below may provide a helpful overview:

The following checklists may be useful below if you have concern about a specific need (checklists have been compiled using information from Alder Hey and specialist websites).

Checklist – ADHD – signs and symptoms

Checklist – Autism – signs and symptoms

Checklist – DCD – Dyspraxia

Checklist – Dyscalculia – signs and symptoms

Checklist – Dyslexia – signs and symptoms

Contacts for Liverpool Services

Early Help Support for Parents of SEND

Our Liverpool School Health Services

Our SEND link governor

Our School Governing Board has a Governor with responsibility for SEND – Mr Phil Watson. The school SENCo works closely with the link governor; meeting on a half-termly basis to discuss practice, data and progress against whole school development goals.

The Hive Resource Base

Our school offers a specialist provision for children in KS2 with ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition). This, however is separate from our mainstream provision and places are allocated by the Local Authority. The Base is managed by a teacher and supported by experienced learning support staff.

Key SEND Policies and Documents

Documents are reviewed yearly unless otherwise stated.

Please note, the complaints procedure for parents and carers of children with special educational needs can be found on page 8 of the “Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy 2022 – 2023”, and, in ‘Complaints Procedure’ link below.

SMITH SEND Policy 2022-23

SEND Information Report 2022-23

Disability and Accessibility Plan 2022-23

Equality and Diversity Policy 2022-2023

Complaints Procedure

Government policy and legislation

Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations

Children and Families Act

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

Teacher Standards

Teacher Standards Overview

ADHD Support

An introduction to ADHD

Family Information Pack for Post-Diagnosis ADHD Support

NHS – Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The ADHD Foundation – The Neurodiversity Charity


ASC / ASD support

What is Autism?

Supporting children with Autism

The Brain Charity

Autism Initiatives

Dyslexia Support

What is Dyslexia?

The British Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association

ADDvanced Solutions: Our Offer In Liverpool

ADDvanced Solutions: Our Offer In Liverpool

Useful SEND Weblinks

Autism Initiatives
We work positively alongside people with autism, their families and carers providing specialist services tailored to each individual.

Liverpool Autism Outreach Service
The Autism Outreach Team consists of specialist teachers trained in all aspects of autism; the use of TEACCH®, PECS®, Social Stories and other complimentary interventions.

LivPaC ‘Liverpool Parent and Carer’
LivPaC is a local parent carer forum in Liverpool independently run by parents for parents, carers, grandparents and family members who have a child/young person between the ages of 0 & 25 years with a disability, complex health needs, SEN or/and additional needs.

Autism in Motion, Liverpool
Autism in Motion is a parent led group, It is run by three parents Jo, Hannah and Terri. We all have children with Autism and SENd.

Liverpool Parents’ Interest Group (PIG)
Support Group for Parents, Grandparents & Carers of children with social and communications difficulties

ADDvanced Solutions Community Network
Community based learning, coaching and mentoring programmes and health, wellbeing and enrichment activities for families living with Neurodevelopmental conditions. We aim to equip and empower parents, carers, children and young people with the skills, tools, knowledge and confidence to better recognise, understand and meet the needs of their family.

Autism Training Team – Liverpool
The Autism Training Team hold drop-in sessions twice a month in different children’s Centre’s across the city. They are for Parents/Carers or professionals wishing to talk in a private one to one setting. You do not require a diagnosis of ASC to attend but must have questions or concerns about the young person. The drop ins are not a training session and do not require an appointment.

Autism Alliance
Autism Alliance is the major UK network of specialist autism charities.

Liverpool Early Help Directory, SEN & Disability Local Offer
Comprehensive resource detailing Liverpool’s SEN & Disability Local Offer.

Autism-friendly learning sessions in Liverpool museums
Liverpool Museums have been working with Autism Together to develop skills to make our venues more autism-friendly.

Holidays and days out – NAS – National Autistic Society
Lots of ideas for holidays and days out at autism-friendly venues plus tips for taking a child on the autism spectrum to different leisure venues.

Can Liverpool be World’s first Autism friendly city?
News article by ‘Autism Together’ : ‘Autism Together’ and community business ‘Autism Adventures UK’ have joined forces on a mission to turn Liverpool into the world’s first truly autism-friendly city.

Autism Awareness | Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Autism Awareness at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. If you or someone you are travelling with has Autism or ASD, travelling through an airport can be an overwhelming experience. We have provided a guide showing you what to expect when at the airport.