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Crab Lane Primary School is an inclusive school, which offers a broad and balanced curriculum for all its pupils. 
​Some children have a special educational need, which may be a learning difficulty, health issue, disability or a social, emotional issue that may have a mental health implication. We work together to ensure that we enable all pupils to become successful LEARNERS.

My name is Mrs Kendall and I am the SENCO at Crab Lane Primary School where your child attends.
If you have any concerns or worries about your child’s educational needs, do not hesitate to come and discuss them with me.
Ring the school office on 0161 740 2851 or email senco@crablane.manchester.sch.uk so an appointment can be made.
The school’s SEN Governor is Mrs Shelley Lanchbury.

SEN Support in Mainstream Settings - The Graduated Response

Where a child or young person is identified as having Special Educational Needs, schools and setting should take action to remove barriers to child or young persons learning and put effective special educational provision in place.

This is called SEN support.  Support should take the form of a four-part cycle involving the parent and carers and the child or young person.  By taking this approach earlier decisions and actions are revisited, refined and revised with a growing understanding of the child or young person needs and of what support will help to secure good progress and good outcomes for them.  This approach is known as the Graduated Response.

The Local Offer and services

The Manchester City Council Local offer can be found at the following link:

SEND Policy and Documents

 2023 SEND information report.pdfDownload
 23-24 SEND Policy Crab Lane.pdfDownload
 Accessibility plan 2023.pdfDownload
 Medical Conditions Policy Crab Lane.pdfDownload
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Useful Information 

A Manchester based company dedicated to improving the lives of those with autism and associated health conditions.  https://www.autizma.co.uk/

Glossary of language
Below is a list of agencies, professionals and words that you may hear linked to your child and their special educational need. 

IAS: Information, Advice and Support
Manchester offers independent information, advice and support to parents and carers to increase their involvement in the education of their children with SEND. 0161 209 8356

Manchester Deaf Centre 
An organisation based in Manchester which provides training, advice and support to a range of people with hearing loss. 

Selective Mutism
Below is an advice sheet for parents to ensure that they provide an anxiety-free environment for children with selective mutism.

SEND Code of Practice 
Below is a document that explains the duties of local authorities and schools to provide for those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Zones of Regulation 
A behavioural approach used to teach self-regulation of emotions using four coloured zones.

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Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

Manchester's Guide to Education, Health and Care Plans

An EHC plan describes your child’s special educational needs (SEN) and the help they will get to meet them. An EHC plan also includes any health and care provision that is needed. It is a legal document written by the local authority and is used for children and young people with high support needs.

EHC plans replaced Statements of Special Educational Need and Section 139 Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) on 1 September 2014.

EHC plans are for children and young people who need a high level of support. The plans can start from a child’s birth and continue into further education and training.


For further information 



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