Special Educational Needs and Disability Information

Tonacliffe Primary School is a caring and inclusive school with a deep belief that every child matters. Our aim is to provide a safe and stimulating environment where children and families feel happy and secure. We want every child to be engaged actively in their learning, knowing they are cared for and supported throughout.

At Tonacliffe, we value each child as an individual for their personal strengths, talents and achievements. We believe that all children are unique and that their qualities should be celebrated. In addition to this, we believe that it is our duty to do our very best to meet individual needs, whether these are centred on academic learning; physical and sensory development; speech, language and communication needs or social and emotional development.

All staff are committed to providing the conditions and opportunities to enable all children to be included fully in all aspects of school life. Our vision is for all children to be respected and to be seen to have the potential to improve.

The children’s wellbeing is at the centre of school life and the key to enjoying success. This is supported by high expectations and by developing personal awareness, creativity and social understanding. We aim to develop confident children who are proud of who they are and who see a world full of possibilities.

Best outcomes for all children, not just those with SEND, are achieved when school and parents are able to work together, sharing information in a transparent and supportive manner. We believe that parents are the first educator of the child and therefore play a crucial role in their development.

We welcome all children whatever the differences in their abilities and behaviours. We work with children, parents and outside agencies to ensure that their different needs are understood, with the correct provision being provided.

Local Offer- 


Family Information Network Directory (FIND)

Help for parents and carers with children who have special educational needs and disabilities through Lancashire County Council.

Speech and language advice and activities
Tiny Happy People is a project being launched by the BBC. It has been developed over the course of two years and has celebrity and royal ambassadors. It is aimed at supporting parents to support their children in learning to talk, developing their speech and engaging effectively for children. The activities are split into different age groups up to 5 years old.


If you have a child up to the age of 18, who has special educational needs or a disability, they could access a Short Break activity that takes place throughout Rochdale. Please see the 'Rochdale Short Breaks' document for more information. 


Support available through Rochdale CAMHS

Rochdale CAMHS are offering some drop in services which do not require referrals to be completed and do not always need a diagnosis to be in place in order to be accessed.

Currently on offer are:

The Neurodiversity Hub:

A needs led support service (and not a diagnosis service) with specialist professionals (health, education, home start, and mental health) who can provide practical advice and guidance in supporting your child, please visit their website for more information - https://www.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk/our-services/neurodiversity-hub?q=%2Four-services%2Fstroke-and-neurological-rehabilitation-team 

The neurodiversity hub hold coffee mornings and afternoons (which means parents do not have to complete the getting help form, they can just bob along to the session!). They recommend that parents can find the dates on Facebook. 

The Umbrella Sessions:

Information and support for parents and carers of children and young people with neurodiversity. These are available for parents and carers of children with autism and/or ADHD, who are in the process of being referred, or where parents feel the child may have autism or ADHD.

Silver Cloud

A mental health programme that you can access on your phone, tablet or computer. It uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT for short, which is widely used as a proven and effective treatment for anxiety. Over 1 million people have already used SilverCloud® programmes to improve their wellbeing. CBT will allow you to understand your child’s feelings and show you how to help them learn the skills they need to cope and thrive. It will also help you manage your own emotions, providing tools and knowledge to respond positively to challenges, and move forwards together. There are two programmes available:

  • Supporting An Anxious Child
  • Supporting An Anxious Teen



Other useful links for parents and carers 


Spring North – Autism Support Service  www.springnorth.org.uk/ASDsupportoffice@springnorth.org.uk

 Autism Unlocked – online resource recommended by Action for ASD https://isc.autismunlocked.co.uk

 Understanding Autism Northwest – Autism resource centre 01254 471500 http://www.understandingautismnw.co.uk

 Buddy’s for children with Autism -Charity based in Bury-   Jane Lord 07703353029

 National Autistic Society – Very good online resource Autism.org.uk

 Spectrum of Light ASD group I Rossendale   via Facebook

Spectrum Gaming – Online community for autistic young people https://www.spectrumgaming.net/

Autistic Girls Network – Charity supporting girls with ASD   www.autisticgirlsnetwork.org

The A World UK CIC -Charity supporting the autistic community https://www.theaworlduk.com/

Autism Understood- website to support those with ASD to understand their diagnosis and themselves https://autismunderstood.co.uk/

 ADHD Northwest ADHDnorthwest.org.uk

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Tonacliffe Road, Whitworth,
Lancashire OL12 8SS

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01706 344609

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