Higher Failsworth is a very inclusive school.  We have children with a wide variety of needs (Autistic spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, hearing impairment, verbal dyspraxia, visual impairment, complex medical needs and physical disabilities.)

Children with special educational needs are supported in a variety of ways.  We have skilled teaching assistants who can support and teach children using particular interventions and strategies.  We liaise closely with health professionals such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and paediatricians to ensure that programmes are delivered appropriately.  We use signalong and sign supported English to support communication within school.

Miss Curtis is our SENCo and has completed the National SENCo award.  She also has a PGCE in Autistic Spectrum Disorders and has completed the AMBDA course to assess for dyslexia.  We also have a graduate speech and language teaching assistant, Miss Wren, who is currently undergoing her accreditation to become a certified speech and language therapist.  We have a highly regarded system for person-centred planning meetings and reviews.

We have a great team in school who support the children in a variety of ways; from the teaching assistants in class to the governors who have a good knowledge of special needs.

 Our Sensory Room

We worked with our friends at tlc4schools to design and develop our sensory immersive environment where children who have developmental and sensory difficulties can learn through a range of various technologies and experiences to help them to feel safe and secure in our school.

Included in the room is:

  • Bubble tube
  • Tactile wall panel
  • Fibre optic light panel
  • Vibro-acoustic plinth
  • UV strip light and a range of accessories
  • Ripple effect wall light
  • Large short throw projector
  • A range of coloured LED spotlights

Our Facilities Rooms

We have 2 facilities rooms in our school. One in Key Stage 1 and one in Key Stage 2. Both rooms are fully accessible. Our newest facilities room on the key stage 2 side of school has a track hoist and bed for changing some children.

The school building

The building is on one floor and is wheelchair accessible.

Support for pupils with emotional difficulties

Our safeguarding and pastoral manager works closely with our SENCO, lead teaching assistant for behaviour and lead teaching assistant for EAL to support the needs of children and parents in a variety of ways.  Children and parents can also access support though Place2be.
Parents can also access support through POINT (Oldham’s school parent partnership and parent forum) (link to their website)

Support for parents – POINT (Parents of Oldham in Touch)