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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 an intervention room. You can either contact us at or 0161 202 0161.

NEWS: Spring 2022

Here is a link to the most recent (March 2022) 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



Autism and Education – Online Post-Diagnostic Groups for Parents/Carers (Secondary) – Manchester Parent Carer Forum


Educational Psychologists from One Education in Manchester are running a free live online half-day training session for parents/carers whose children have received an autism diagnosis from one of the centres, below, over the last two years. The centres are known by the initials SCP. They used to be known by the initials SCAIT. This session will take place Tuesday, the 29th of March, 9:30am – 12:00pm and will now be for parents/carers of Early Years, Primary and Secondary School pupils.

The sessions are for those who have not already received post-diagnostic training through any of these centres.

  • The Powerhouse – North and Central Manchester Social Communication Pathway (SCP)

  • The Bridge – North Manchester SCP / Social Communication Assessment and Intervention Team (SCAIT)

  • The Winnicott Centre – Central Manchester SCP / SCAIT

  • Carol Kendrick Centre – South Manchester SCP / SCAIT


These sessions will cover:

  • What is Autism?

  • The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice – Working with your child’s school to ensure their needs are met

  • Opportunities for Q & A, to stay in touch with other parents; an Introduction to the Manchester Parent Carer Forum

  • Signposts to further support


To register please follow this link:



**SEND NEWSFLASH** Charity launches UK’s first online platform for autistic young people

Ambitious about Autism has today launched the UK’s first online platform for autistic young people – please find further details at 


This will offer autistic young people aged 16 to 25 a safe and moderated online space to help them understand their autistic identity and reduce isolation and loneliness that many feel.  Young people will be able to take part in peer support sessions, share experiences and find volunteering, work experience and employment opportunities. There will also be opportunities for them to work together and campaign for change.  



NAS Teen Life Programme.

The Greater Manchester Autism Consortium, which is part of The National Autistic Society, are delivering the NAS Teen Life programme FREE for parents of autistic teenagers across Greater Manchester. The programme is a great offer for parents of teenagers who are currently on CAHMS waiting lists, or for those who would like to understand more about autism post-diagnosis.  

In Teen Life programme is a six-session programme for parents/carers of young people aged 10 to 16 years on the autism spectrum. You can find out more about the programme here. 


The programme will cover the following topics: 

  • Understanding Autism 

  • Hidden presentation of autism in women’s and girls 

  • Self esteem 

  • Communication 

  • Spending time with other people 

  • Stress and anxiety 

  • Understanding behaviour 

  • Understanding diagnosis 

  • Understanding intense interests 

  • Puberty 

  • Independence skills 

  • Education 

  • Planning for the future 

The sessions will run for 6 weeks on Thursdays 10am-12noon from 21st April – 26th May and will be delivered online.   

Our aim is to ensure as many parents as possible hear about the seminars and access them should they wish to.  

The flyer for the Teen Life programme is below. Please see the website events page to view and download flyers for more upcoming parent seminars.  Click here to see the flyer.


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


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. 


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: