Oakdene Primary Academy SEND Offer

At Oakdene, we provide a caring and inclusive school. All staff provide a supportive learning environment in which every child can achieve and we engage with all families to ensure all children achieve their full potential. At Oakdene, we aim to provide a broad, balanced and varied curriculum that meets the needs of all children.

We aspire to ensure that we identify and assess early indicators of a special education need or disability at the earliest time so that appropriate provision and support can be put in place at the soonest opportunity. School are eager to work with parents to support identification of needs. Where necessary school aim to aid parents with appropriate outside agency referrals. 

We follow a graduated approach to assessing, planning, doing and reviewing the provision and progress of each child identified as having a special educational need or disability. We recognise the vital role parents have in supporting school to best meet the holistic needs of their children. 

We work closely with a range of outside agencies (Applied Psychologies, Future Steps, Speech and Language, NHS medical services, CAMHS, Neurodevelopmental Pathway to name a few) in order to best understand the needs of individuals and to best adapt provision to support the child in the most effective ways. 

We prioritise effective in school and next stage transitions so children experience smooth move to the next step of their education. 

Mrs L Farnaby is our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator (SENDCo) and she works closely with school staff and outside agencies to support and assess children as a need arises. She can be contacted on the school office number 01642 560768, office staff will be able to take a message or arrange a telephone/face to face meeting with her.

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Stockton’s Local Offer

Stockton’s Local offer provides information to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, aged 0-25, to help them understand what services and support, they and their families can expect from the local authority.

Click on the image below to read Stockton’s local offer.


Complaints Procedure for SEN Support and EHCP Provision

Before making a complaint, talk to the school’s SENDCO Mrs Farnaby or the leadership team to try and find a solution.

If you feel that your complaint has not been resolved and you would like to complain about a school’s SEN support, you should do it while your child is still registered at the school.

This includes complaints that the school has not provided the support required by your child’s SEN statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Click the link below for full explanation of the process.


Oakdene’s SEND Information Report

The school information report gives you the information about what Oakdene Primary school offers children with SEND. 

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SEND Policy

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Useful contacts

  • Stockton-on-Tees SEND and engagement Team can be contacted on 01642 527145,
  • Stockton Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS) (formerly Parent Partnership Service) is a free, impartial and confidential service. They provide advice, information and support on all matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Caroline Fell is the SEND Information, Advice and Support Officer she can be contacted on01642 527158 or email SENDIASS@stockton.gov.uk

Other Useful Links




The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity - an integrated health and education service

Advisory Centre for Education advice and information on education issues.

AFASIC Supports parents and represents children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Barnardo’s Children's charity.

British Deaf Association (BDA)

British Dyslexia Association

BullyingUK part of family lives

Children’s Legal Centre Free legal information, advice and representation for children, young people, their families, carers and professionals.

Child Law Advice website has a section for children and young people

Contact a charity for families of disabled children.

Council for Disabled Children

Daisy Chain a Stockton based charity helping autistic children and adults and their families throughout the UK.

Diabetes UK

Disability Living Foundation

Down’s Syndrome Association

Dyslexia Action

Epilepsy Action

Family Fund Charity aiming to support, advise and possibly help with funds for families with severely disabled children.

Family Lives Family Lives aims to transform the lives of families by supporting parents at building happier relationships, happier families and a stronger society.

Haemophilia Society

I CAN - The children's communication charity supports children with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Information, Advice and Support Services Network

Leukaemia Care

IPSEA Independent Parental Special Education Advice

LOOK National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children)

KIDS (Working with disabled children, young people and their families)

MENCAP Support people with a learning disability.

Motability Exchange your mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair.

MIND (National Association for Mental Health)

National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux

National Association of Special Educational Needs

National Asthma UK

National Autistic Society

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Families can also contact NDCS through their Freephone helpline on 0808 800 8880, helpline@ndcs.org.uk or NDCS live chat. Deaf children and young people can access information, share their experiences and have fun at www.buzz.org.uk.

National Eczema Society

National Federation of the Blind

National Society for Epilepsy

Network 81 A national network of parents working towards properly resourced inclusive education for children with special needs.

Newlife A free national Helpline which supports and informs families of children with disabilities and terminal illness as well as grants for essential medical equipment.

Physically Disabled and Able Bodied (PHAB)

Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life threatening or terminal illness and are in the greatest need.

Scope provide support and information if your child has a physical impairment, learning disability or any other condition.

Special Needs Jungle Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people with SEN, special needs, disability, health conditions and rare diseases.

Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister.

The Stroke Association

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums

Whizz Kidz can help to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults

Young Minds improving children's wellbeing and mental health.