Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Support/advice around Covid-19

This page has been updated to support families during this period of school closure due to Covid-19.  Please keep scrolling down to find useful support.  Click the following link  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education to find a list of online educational resources to support during this time of home education.

The following link contains advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during this unprecedented time (Covid-19) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-with-send-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Ideas to Support Children in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

COVID-19 Advice for Home.

Support and Advice.

Rochdale Additional Needs TASC (Team for Autism & Social Communication) will continue to support schools and families during this unprecedented time.


Their telephone helpline has been extended to everyday between 9am and 4pm: 01706 926 400 or staff can be contacted via email on rans.admin@Rochdale.Gov.Uk   

This number can be used to contact any team within Rochdale Additional Needs; for advice - including hearing impairment, visual impairment and physical disability. 


If you have worries or concerns about your child's speech and language please use the parent portal through Speech Link - this offers free advice and support.  The helpdesk and team are there to offer support during this difficult period. https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Please use this link to support you with some ideas to provide children with ideas help them to regulate their emotions e.g. if they are feeling stressed/anxious /scared. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/ 

Should families need advice and support around SEND please contact SENDIASS Rochdale: 01706769634  or email rochdale.sendiass@barnardos.org.uk Please feel free to email specific concerns to jbrown@stmarysce.rochdale.sch.uk and I will endeavour to offer support.  Our Educational Psychology Service are running as a critical incident response team so specific concerns can be passed on to this team through school.  Please take care and keep well - remember we may not be open but we are still here to support you.  

Click here to find more information on Rochdale's Local offer:   https://www.ourrochdale.org.uk/kb5/rochdale/directory/localoffer.page