Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and Inclusion Information

For further information about our provision at St Thomas' please click on the picture link.

Click to Download Making it Real - Five Popular Storybook for Children Activity book 1 [pdf 4MB] Click to Download
Click to Download ST THOMAS LEESFIELD SEND and EHWB RECOMMENDED READING LIST [pdf 600KB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Policy 2022 [pdf 818KB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Information Report October 2022 [pdf 156KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Accessibilty Plan & Disability Equality Scheme September 2022 [pdf 1MB] Click to Download

Special Educational and Disability Needs - Oldham Local Offer

Local Authorities must publish support that is available for children and young people with S.E.N. and disabilities and their families.

This information is called the 'Local Offer' and must include education, health and care services and must be clear and easy to understand.  

To access the Oldham Council Local Offer please click on the picture link.

Speech, Language and Communication Resources

Please select the document below.

Click to Download Speech, Language and Communication - We Can Help Talk [pdf 164KB] Click to Download

Supporting Children's Literacy Guidance Booklet

All children should experience the enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from reading and writing. This booklet gives practical suggestions on how you, as parents/carers, can support your child’s learning. As parents/ carers you have a huge influence on your child’s attitude towards reading and writing.  This booklet has a particular emphasis on supporting children with Dyslexia.

Click to Download A Parents Guide to Support their Children with Literacy Skills [pdf 197KB] Click to Download

Speaking Dadly

To support the GM Speech, Language and Communication Pathway, a short animation – Speaking Dadly~- has been developed to strengthen engagement with dads and support them with their child’s early language development. The animation will be launched across Greater Manchester from Friday 17th June, to coincide with Father’s Day 2022.
To help with this please see below a communications pack which outlines the key messages within the animation, provides suggested social media posts, graphics as well as website and newsletter text.~
External Link Icon BBC Tiny Happy People
External Link Icon Greater Manchester - Speaking Dadly Campaign

Click to Download Speaking Dadly Partner Communication Pack [pdf 350KB] Click to Download

SEND Helpline (Talk Oldham)

SEND Helpline (Talk Oldham) is now available Tel: 0161 503 1559 (Mon to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm). The helpline will offer vital Information and signposting for Oldham SEND families during this critical period of uncertainty. The new helpline team are ready and waiting to receive calls so please can you promote the helpline with staff and families?  Families can also access 1:1 live chats  7.00 – 9.00pm weekdays www.point-send.co.uk .  You will also find this information POINTS social media pages @POINTsend so please share.  The attached pdf can be added to schools and settings own website if you wish.


Click to Download SEND Helpline Leaflet [pdf 439KB] Click to Download

SEND North West Newsletters

Please click on the link below to view the newsletters.

External Link Icon North West SEND Monthly Newsletter

What is the Local Offer?

The Oldham Local Offer provides information on what is available in Oldham for children and young people and their families with special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND).

The Local Offer has been produced by children, young people, parents, carers and practitioners working together. Families have been engaged throughout the development of the Local Offer and feedback forms are a fundamental part of it's ongoing development.

Point of contact - Gerri Barry/Jean Reid: local.offer@oldham.gov.uk

Click to Download SEND Local Offer Leaflet 2021 [pdf 450KB] Click to Download
Click to Download What is the Local Offer - CfDC 2018 [pdf 393KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Good Practice and Quality Assurance Guide 2018 [pdf 69KB] Click to Download
Click to Download A guide to making conversations with schools count for all families [pdf 264KB] Click to Download

Reports, Strategies, Values, Codes of Practice (SEND)

To access the Oldham Council's information about SEND Reports, strategies, values and code of practice, please click on the picture link.

Additional Needs and Disability Register

Please could we you encourage our parents to add their details to the register so that they can receive updates and alerts when new services and resources are added to the Local Offer Directory.

Please click on the picture link to register your child.


Oldham SEND Information Advice Support Service

Oldham SEND IAS Service exists to help parents and carers of children with additional needs and disabilities; and children and young people themselves, in matters relating to their Education, Health or Social Care provision.

Their support services are tailored to your individual needs and are both personal and confidential.  They can offer you:

  • Independent information about Special Needs Education.
  • One-to-one advice and support.
  • Details about how Special Education, Health and Social Care is organised.
  • Advice about working with those involved with you, your child or young person.
  • Information about local support networks.
  • Access to Independent Parental Support for Parents, Carers and Young People 16+
  • Support to arrange Mediation and Disagreement Resolution.
  • Support with SEND Tribunal claims.
  • Opportunities to improve and shape services through our SEND IAS Steering Group.

Their website contains useful information, guidance and practical tools to enable you to understand the processes and arrangements for Special Educational Needs and disability both locally and nationally so that you can make informed choices about the provision required to meet you own, or your child or young persons needs.


To access the SEND IASS website please click on the picture link.

Oldham Parent Carer Forum

We are a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums. 

Our main aim is to ensure the needs of our children and young people with SEND are met and we bring together parent carers from across Oldham to provide mutual support, exchange information, and influence policy and practice:

  • create a culture of participation and co-production across education, health, social care and the voluntary sectors. This means that we can become involved in all aspects of designing, commissioning, delivering and reviewing services as an equal partner;
  • empower our members to ensure that their voices are heard at a local, regional and national level; and
  • inspire our partners by sharing good practice and knowledge. 

Who can join the Parent Carer Forum?

Parents or carers of children and young people (aged 0-25) who have, or may have, an additional need or disability who live in Oldham are welcome to join.

Oldham Family Information Service

The Family Information Service provides help, advice and support for parents and carers of children aged 0-20 years old.

To access the Oldham Family Information Service please click on the picture link.

Click to Download Family Information Service - Supporting Families to Find Information [pdf 4MB] Click to Download


Parents of Oldham in Touch

The P.O.I.N.T. website is packed with information to support you and your child. We are determined that through our collaborations across Health, Education and Social Care, that together, we can improve the life chances and aspirations of children and young people with additional Needs and disabilities. 

POINT Chadderton Court, 451 Middleton Road, Chadderton, Oldham. OL9 9LB

Please click on the picture link to visit their website.


POINT Co-production

P.O.I.N.T. Service Leaflets

Click to Download Ability Wheelz Cycling Centre [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Oldham Parent Carer Forum [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Mediation & DRS [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Self Support Workshops [pdf 96KB] Click to Download
Click to Download SEND Workshops & Training Service [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download SENDIAS Service 3 [pdf 1MB] Click to Download

SEND Local Offer Leisure and Sports Provision

Please click on the picture link to find out more about what is on offer in the local area.

Send Gateway Resources

Whole School SEND is a consortium of charities, schools and organisations. We are committed to helping children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or learning differences reach their full potential.

Hosted by nasen, we deliver the Department for Education SEND Schools’ Workforce Support Contract and a randomised control trial funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

Gov.UK - Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Please click on the picture link to access further information.