Special Educational Needs & Disability

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

At Our Lady Immaculate, we embrace the fact that every child is different and therefore the educational need of each child will vary. This is certainly the case for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Many children have additional needs at some point during their time at Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School. This is not to say that these children will be working below age related expectations academically in every instance. Additional needs may be related to health, emotions, behaviour or learning. We aim to identify and address these needs through our school’s inclusive practice.


Key Contacts

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Bowcock.

She can be contacted via the school office: 0151 260 8957 or through email: admin@oliprimaryschool.co.uk

The SEND Link Governor is Miss Annemarie Smith & Mrs C Lawler.

Our Intent

Pupils with an identified Special Educational Need and/or Disability (SEND) at Our Lady Immaculate  School are fully included in all aspects of school life and are given appropriate support to access the curriculum to reach their full potential and succeed in life, in accordance with The National Curriculum in England Key Stages 1 and 2 framework 2013, The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 and Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 – 25 years 2015.

Any learner may have special educational needs at some point during their time in school and therefore a wide variety of strategies will be used to meet the needs as they are identified.  Parents and carers are supported in seeking advice and implementing strategies they need to create an environment to fulfil their child’s potential, both in school and at home.

If you are concerned about your child or require support with your child’s needs, please contact Mrs. C.Bowcock, SENCO to arrange a meeting.

The SENCO ensures that all staff follow the SEND Code of Practice to support the needs of our pupils. This may be provided through carefully differentiated work, additional support by an adult in a small group or 1-1 through precision teaching. They may also receive small group or 1-1 teaching time with a teaching assistant or receive outreach support from specialist services in a small group or 1-1 basis.


Working with other agencies

At Our Lady Immaculate we liaise closely and in partnership with a range of outside agencies such as:

  • Educational Psychologist Services
  • Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) (MAST)
  • SENISS ( Special Educational Needs Inclusion Support Service)
  • Health and Social Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Seedlings (Counselling service from YPAS; Young People’s Advisory Service)
  • School’s Family Support Service
  • Educational Welfare Officer (EWO)
  • SEND Consortia
  • Link Learning
  • ADHD Foundation
  • Specialist Outreach from Specialist schools.

The Education and Families Bill requires Liverpool schools to publish information about services that are available for children and young people with special educational needs. This is known as the Local Offer.

Our School’s Local Offer

This gives parents more information on what our school offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disability.

22-23 SEN Information Report

2022-2023 OLI Local Offer (1)

For our school accessibility plan open the link below

Accessibility Plan

If you have any concerns and wish to contact SENCO please email us at: send@oliprimaryschool.co.uk  between the hours of 9am-4pm and one of our SEND team members will endeavour to reply within 48 hours.

Mrs Bowcock (SENCO)


Liverpool Parent and Carers Forum-LivPaC

Liverpool Parent and Carers Forum (LivPaC) is a group of parents and carers of children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who work with education, health and care services.

“Alone, we can do so little.  BUT together we CAN do so MUCH”

Through their participation and co-production, they work to create a culture across all services which places need of families at the centre of the decision making.

Below is a link to LivPac which holds a wealth of resources which may provide useful in supporting your child and your family.

As Parenting Co-ordinator for Liverpool City Council, I am proud that we can offer parents across the city a platform to share their stories whilst offering resources from across a wide spectrum of organisations to support parents on their journey.

It has been a privilege to pull these SEND blogs and information together and I would like to thank the parents, LivPac and our partners for their support and assistance in piecing this jigsaw of information together. Chris Cavanagh

Produced by LivPac & Chris Cavanagh (LCC Parenting Co-ordinator)

SEND Parenting


Understanding Your Child With Additional Needs

This is an online free training course for residents of Liverpool. It is open for mums, dads, grandparents, friends and relations.

Please see the website below for further information.


Liverpool-Additional Needs-Interactive

Successful return to school advice: Reducing Parental Conflict free training and Tips for a Successful Back-to-School Transition

Please find dates for the full day training and links to book.

Date & Time

Training Title


Link to book place on Eventbrite


16th October 2023 (9:30am-4pm)

Reducing Parental Conflict Training Programme

Merseyside Play Action Council (MPAC),

1-27 Bridport St, Liverpool, L3 5QF


7th November 2023 (9:30am-4pm)

Reducing Parental Conflict Training Programme

Yew Tree Children Centre, Berryford Road, Dovecot, L14 4ED


24th November 2023


Reducing Parental Conflict Training Programme

Everton Nursery School and Family Centre (Spencer Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L6 2WF)


Here is the link for Tips for a Successful Back-to-School Transition:



Mental Wellbeing.

Neurodiversity 1:1 parent/carer session every Friday morning @ Litherland Family Wellbeing Centre


The Emotional Bowl

Great to hold in mind not only for children, but also adults!

Please take a moment to think…..What fills and empties your bowl?

Travel advice for parents of children on the Autistic Spectrum who are flying from Manchester Airport & Help during the holidays.

Awareness Terminal 3

Awareness Terminal 2

Awareness Terminal 1


Information for parents – Neurodevelopmental Pathway Solution

ADDvanced Solutions community Network




Useful websites

ADHD Foundation

Keeping Children Safe Support For Parents NSPCC

Young Minds

Seedlings Leaflet


An example of what they do.

LIVPAC free EHCP information online workshop for parents, carers and staff. Please see flyer below.

ASD Service – Professional Drop-In

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