Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

An Open Letter

Vicky Ford MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter to all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and those who support them.  Please click here to read.


Wirral SEND Services Update

As a result of the day-to-day changes taking place due to the Coronavirus (COVID 19), Wirral Council and Local Offer Wirral have put together a SEND Snapshot to keep parents/carers informed of changes to services and the help and support available. Click below to read the latest SEND update:

SEND Snapshot for Parents and Carers (Edition 3)

SEND Snapshot for Parents and Carers (Edition 2)

SEND Snapshot for Parents and Carers (Edition 1)


Online Training

‘The Big Transitions for Autistic and SEND Pupils after Lockdown’ – A free online course for parents/carers to provide practical help, advice and resources to help prepare Autistic and SEND children for the big transitions as lockdown begins to ease. Click here to register.


Weatherhead’s SEND Team

Weatherhead’s SEND Team provides personalised support for students with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and strives to meet every student’s individual needs. We work closely with students, their parents/carers and external agencies to ensure students are actively supported and included in decision-making, so they can ultimately achieve their ambitions and the best possible educational outcomes.

This page is here to guide students and their parents/carers to key information, advice, help and support.


Meet the Team

Our SEND team is based in the school’s dedicated SEND hub in room E107. The hub comprises of student workstations, a formal meeting space with table and chairs and an informal seating area with sofas and beanbags.

  • Mr Morris is Director of SEND and designated teacher for children in care.
  • Mrs Slater, provides Administrative Support for SEND and children in care.
  • Mrs James is the SEND Administrator.

Click here to contact a member of the team.


Parent and Carer Advice and Support

In addition to scheduled appointments, Mr Morris, Director of SEND, is available for drop-ins at Form Tutor Parent Evenings and dedicated SEND Parent drop-ins – no appointment necessary! The spring term drop-ins are:

  • Thursday 13th February – Year 12 Parents’ Evening, 4pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 26th February drop-in, 4pm-6pm
  • Thursday 5th March – Year 7 Parents’ Evening, 4pm-8pm
  • Thursday 12th March – Year 8 Parents’ Evening, 4pm-8pm


Student Support Sessions

In addition to the extra-curricular curriculum and pastoral support sessions, our Teaching Assistants deliver activities specifically for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Click here for the lunchtime and afterschool timetables.

Support sessions for ADHD and ASC are open to students with the condition but also students who are experiencing the condition via a family member:

  • ‘Students living with ADHD’ meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1pm in E107.
  • ‘Students living with ASC’ meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1pm in E017.

Local Offer Wirral

Information about the support available locally.

SEND Code of Practice

Statutory guidance for organisations working with and supporting children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.

SEND Policy

Sets out how Weatherhead supports and makes provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEND). Explain the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in providing for pupils with SEND.

School SEND Report

The school’s provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

External Agencies

Agencies the school works with to support your child.
The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families and agencies to improve emotional well being, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self management.
Autism Together is a specialist charity supporting people with autism.
The British Dyslexia Association offers dyslexia information, advice and services.
Young Minds provides a beginner’s guide to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) an NHS service that assesses and treats young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
The Council for Disabled Children bring together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.
The Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities across England get the appropriate education, training and support which they are entitled to under the law.
Local Offer Wirral provides information for the parents and carers of children and young people and information and services for young people between the ages of 16 – 25.
The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is the independent national voice of parent carer forums.
PALS is a Patient Advice and Liaison Service, an accessible, confidential, free service that supports people by listening to their views and concerns.
Special Needs Jungle is parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people with special educational needs, disability, health conditions or rare diseases.

Contact the SEND Team

Director of SEND:
Mr Morris

SEN/LAC Admin Officer:
Mrs Slater

Higher Level Teaching Assistants:
Mrs Duffy, Dyslexia & Literacy Support
Mrs Daly, Learning Zone

0151 631 4400 x263