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This department is led by Miss K Carvell (SENDCo) and it comprises of a team of specialised staff who support SEND students across the Academy. We are located in The Hub and our facilities include an office, teaching room and a sensory room. You can either contact us at or 0161 202 0161.

NEWS: Autumn 2021

Here is a link to the most recent (October 2021) Manchester Local Offer Newsletter which includes links to activities for children of SEND over the summer, and further information about transition.

There are several ways you can subscribe to receive the Local Offer newsletter:

  • Email and ask to be added

  • If you are a parent/carer, join the Participation Register

  • Sign up to the newsletter and other Manchester City Council bulletins here

Friday 15th October 2021 is DLD Awareness Day

(DLD = Developmental Language Disorder)


The 2021 DLD awareness video has been released today.


Details here:  

Please see the here for further information



We provide support for students who have additional learning needs relating to categories of SEND, defined in the DfE SEN Code of Practice document as:


  • Cognition and learning difficulties

  • Communication and Interaction difficulties

  • Sensory and physical difficulties

  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties


Here at Manchester Communication Academy we have offered a student- centred for our students with SEND:

  • Risk Assessments for EHCP students are in place, and are reviewed regularly.

  • All students with an EHCP are offered a placement in school.

  • All students with SEN Support ‘K’ who are within the Government Guidelines of accessing an in-school placement are again offered this opportunity (key worker children and ‘vulnerable children’)

  • Updates to Local Authority resources and support services are signposted on the school website, and through the school’s social media. Individual communication is sent where appropriate.

  • Resources to support SEND Students with their learning at home are regularly posted on the website and social media.

  • Contact made to EHCP and high need students, to ascertain hardware/ software and internet capabilities.  Equipment is provided where needed.

  • The email and contact number for the SEND team in school is shared with parents and carers of all students with an EHCP, or with SEN Support ‘K’.

  • Teaching Assistants (TA) assigned to EHCP and high level SEND students as key contact and for additional support (1:1/small group support online and in the Hub).

  • Regular welfare checks with carer/parents. Logged on safeguarding site (CPOMS).

  • Teachers are delivering normal timetabled classes, so differentiation and Quality First Teaching is continuing for SEND students.

  • Where necessary, TAs/Members of the SEND team are modifying tasks and sending work packs home for SEND students.

  • Where possible, professionals are still coming into school and delivering specialist interventions for EHCP and SEN Support students.

  • The SENDCo and the SEND team work together to ensure provision and to meet statutory timescales for EHCP outcomes / annual reviews is continued to the best of their ability. The SENCO will be in contact with students and carers who are due to complete their EHCP annual review. These will be conducted via telephone or video conferencing.

  • The ‘normal’ day to day identification and assessment of SEN is continued

  • Applications for EHCP assessments are still completed.

  • Referrals to other specialist assessment teams are also continuing so that the most vulnerable have a chance to access the specialist diagnosis or provision they may need.


We pride ourselves on being fully inclusive and all students attend mainstream lessons with their peers, to ensure they gain the highest specialist subject knowledge from their teachers. In line with the DfE Code of practice (link), Quality First Teaching is at the heart of support for SEND students. Click here to view the SEND Information Report


Manchester Local Authority also offer advice and guidance for parents/carers that have children with special educational needs. Click here to accessed the Local Offer website. 


The Local Authority are regularly updating The Local Offer throughout the school closures, and they have a new COVID-19 Local Offer section which has a lot of useful information and advice (click here)


Transition is a very important part of every child or young person's life involving significant change.

Moving to high school can be a challenging time because of the many changes to a young person's environment and routine.

The following documents offer advice on transition to secondary school: click here  and here to view

BBC Bitesize also has excellent resources and information on transition. Click here to visit the website. Click here to visit another BBC Bitesize article.


All SEND Pupils:

  • Oak National Academy specialist classroom

  • BBC Bitesize Parents' Toolkit: SEND

  • Chatter Pack

  • ‘Working with your child during lockdown’ session with Manchester Parent Carer Forum and OneEducation.  Click here to view. Click here to view the working with your child during lockdown

  • Parent/carer Home School Survival Toolkit – Tips around home schooling and taking care of your wellbeing from Healthy Schools Manchester and the Manchester Local Care Organisation. Click here to view the Parent/carer home-school survival toolkit

  • Homeschooling children with SEND click here

Useful sections to read:

Communication and Interaction Needs

Social, Emotional and Mental Needs

Sensory and Physical Needs

Manchester Parent Carer Forum (MPCF) is funded by the Department for Education and works in partnership with the Manchester City Council as well as Health and Education settings to shape and influence services, and to ensure they are fit for purpose and meet the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their families living in Manchester.


IAS Manchester is the new name for the Parent Partnership Service.  IAS Manchester offers independent information, advice and support to parents and carers to increase their involvement in the education of their children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  The website has free information, factsheets, training and drop-in sessions for parents and carers: