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How to enable other staff to understand autism. I will cascade this to all staff at my school and look at practices that will be useful for certain individuals and a wider benefit. Impactful and ready to deliver to settings. Lots of valuable information


I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the work that Nicola and the Oak Learning Partnership have put into the authority over this past year- I have loved all of my visits to Elms bank, and have brought so many skills, strategies back to school

Alex Grant

Old Hall Primary School

Selective Mutism training was extremely informative about what the causes are and ways to engage with students with other issues. great links to other resources to help further. High and Low profile I was unaware of this has made me think differently.

A J Sparkes

Hazelwood High School

Selective Mutism training was very useful and not just related to SM. I will involve the child in the planning process for any interventions.

Heather Campbell

St John's Radcliffe

Selective Mutism training was really useful and I gained a lot of understanding around SM. I feel like I can start interventions for a child in my class.

Emma Edgar

Cams Lane Primary School

Selective Mutism training was very useful, low profile SM children are present in every school if not every class. very useful strategies/interventions that can be used daily in practical settings.

Joanna Williams

Holy Mount

Selective Mutism training was extremely useful ! very clear explanations to help understand SM, with ideas for strategies and further sources information sign posted. Localised help, support and action is often the most appropriate input.

Heather Birkett-Rothwell

St Michaels & St Bernadette's

Excellent explanation of different aspects of how pupils with dyslexia learn. Great answers to questions raised.

Geraldine Hargreaves

Philips High School

Dyslexia training was excellent, good length of time and tailored to our needs.

Angela Ball

Spring Lane

De escalation had lots of useful and helpful material. The discussions were very insightful. The visit to the Nurture rooms was also very beneficial.

Georgina Goddard

Emmanuel Holcombe

De escalation training was excellent, was nice to see theory in practice (classrooms).

Dan Lawson

St Thomas C of E

De escalation was excellent, super resources/strategies and very informative.

Sasha Willis

St Mary's C of E

De escalation training was very useful, a way to share each others strategies in written form. Might need more time for further discussions.

Kerusha Mudditt

The Elton High School

Really useful De escalation training with great ideas to take back to my own setting. would be good to input the ideas and report back at another session. excellent training !!

Janet Etchells

Peel Brow

Dyslexia Friendly Learning had lots of ideas to take back and try.

Janine Leigh

Emmanuel Holcombe Primary School

Dyslexia Friendly Learning had great activities. I liked learning about the science behind Dyslexia The training was great Thank you !!

Alex Grant

Old Hall Primary

Dyslexia friendly learning had lots of useful information and good ideas to support children. Thank you !!

Andy Wilkinson

Park View Primary School

Dyslexia Friendly Learning had really good practical examples and ideas. Great Training !! The trainer was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable with lots of resources. A good mixture between theory and practical.

Trudy Allen

Summer Seat Primary

TA drop in was an absolutely wonderful opportunity to witness such talented staff and thier SEND expertise. I found the objects of reference are particularly interesting idea as well as the picture clues which we currently use. Thank you

Emma Ashworth

CAMS Lane School

TA drop in was really useful. I spent time within the Math's provision, great staff, fabulous to interact with students of all levels. I will take away Whiteboard desks and Sandwell scheme.

Elaine Allen

Tottington High

TA drop in session was very useful. exposure to different SEMH needs and how these are approached in lessons. How rewards and motivation are used to support pupils to be on task. I will take away the importance of an individualised approach.

Claire Turner

Bury Grammar School

TA drop-in was very useful. I was given different interventions to look into to support SEMH. I will take away the different intervention strategies to support SEMH.

Daniel Turner

Bury Church

Todays Support Surgery was very useful

Nick Moores

Parrenthorn High School

Differentiating GCSE English for low attaining students Jo is an inspiration, her knowledge of SEND and enabling students to access the GCSE course is exceptional. I will be implementing back at school

Patricia Ross

Woodhey High School

Differentiating GCSE English for low attaining students has been really useful for my Yr 10 class. Jo was great !! It would be great to see the theory in action and include a short observation.

Amanda Simpson

Woodhey High School

Differentiating GCSE English for low attaining students, really lovely atmosphere with same fantastic practical tips. Jo really allowed me to view things differently which will be really helpful for my day to day teaching.

Rachel Williams

Philips High School

Early Years Good Autism Practice Training today has been very informative and given me ideas to implement within my setting, especially early years setting; jigs, communication and warning boards with other visuals including symbols. Great training


Signalong Part 2 I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It was great to have a small number of people. Anita was fabulous, very knowledgeable and friendly. The hand outs were great and will be well used. Would Love to do more, especially nursery rhymes.

Jessica Prosser

St Michaels RC Primary

Signalong Part 2 Very enjoyable, a small group meant you could discuss thoughts and ideas in a friendly atmosphere. Extremely useful, thanks for all your materials and support.

Karen Tonge

Holy Trinity Primary

Signalong Part 2 Useful to learn new words together for sentences. Helpful to have this split into lessons, brilliant length of time to learn new words. Anita is lovely and informative.

Chloe Hamer

St Monica's R.C High School

The dyslexia friendly learning approaches was very helpful indeed. I thought, loved the rainbow arc and trugs. I will take away talking tiles, coloured pens, not green. understanding how the brain works and how to ignite the cerebellum. Harriet was fab!


St Bernadette's

The dyslexia friendly learning approaches was fantastically useful both personally and professionally.I will take away lots of background info, super practical advise, games and tricks. lovely lady delivering the training


St Bernadette's

The dyslexia friendly learning approaches were very useful especially the practical resources and idea's. I found the games for all age groups useful. Thank you for a balance of practical and theory.


St Bernadette's

TA development session was very useful. Everybody was very helpful and I have taken away loads of ideas following the activities, I felt welcome and it was great to be here.

Yasmin Lakrewala

St Michaels R C Primary School

TA development session was very useful, it was interesting to see how a group of children with different needs and abilities can learn together. The students are clearly very happy and content. I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you

Heather Moss

St Michaels R C Primary School

The training received today will make a huge impact in how we change our setting. I'm excited to use social stories. The training was highly beneficial in helping me help our children. Excellent training provided by Nicola.


St Peters Primary School

ADHD "Good to see the workstations and lots of the ideas from the course in action. Lots of ideas that can be transferred into mainstream".

Jan Thomond

Emmanuel Holcombe

ADHD - Not the naughty child Everything was really good, very clear and well presented. "Some useful ideas to take away and think about. It is sometimes difficult to think of how some strategies can be applied in a mainstream setting"

Fran Cooper

Philips High School

ADHD - Not the naughty child Really good getting to see practice in classrooms. I was given a chance to work with colleagues from same sector to discuss strategies. There was a wide range of practitioners here today primary/secondary

Angela Ball

Spring Lane School

ADHD - Not the Naughty Child Course length perfect and covered important areas well. "Good to see the activities used in practice during the walk around"

Charlotte Knowles

Parkview Primary School

Great advice and support for the Sendco support surgery. Invaluable time with EP and colleagues to share ideas.

Claire Hanson

St John’s C.E. Primary

Informative, structured and effective session today. I'm taking many strategies away with me today. Thank you!

Alex Grant

Old Hall

Literacy across curriculum - SEND "Really useful to see how English is delivered in various ways, a perfect amount of time with productive learning walls "

Matthew Sharman

Old Hall Primary

Literacy across curriculum - SEND "Enjoyed seeing resources, would like more time to explore reading books with more class observation of teaching"

Alex Grant

Old Hall Primary

Literacy across curriculum - SEND "Relevant and engaging throughout. Excellent delivery and allowed for participants to take away some excellent ideas/resources to inform our own practice"

Amy Warburton

Spring Lane School

Literacy across curriculum - SEND "Excellent Course, delivered in a supportive manner"

Laura Green

Cloughside College

AET Training Made me think about how to support pupils with their understanding of communication and sensory processing.


AET Training Thought I knew a lot about autism but actually I don't. Autism being a difference not a disorder is really powerful.


AET Training Fantastic delivery and superb knowledge and understanding around the fascinating topic. I will take away lots from this and cascade it to our staff at school.


Dyslexia Course “Amazing so useful just what I needed thankyou SO MUCH!”

Emma Sutton

Christ Church Walshaw


Sharon Marshall

Unsworth Primary School

Dyslexia Course “amazing … we have learnt a lot from today”

Emma Lloyd

Unsworth Primary School

It was very informative, and I feel like I can now support the children in my class with speech and language. The staff that I worked with were all fabulous and truly made me feel welcome. They answered all my questions and went above and beyond.

Alana Morris

Bury Grammar School

Thank you for a great introduction to signalong, its goign to be really useful in our setting. Fantastic.

Jane Gorton

Chesham Primary

Excellent introduction to signalong. The course covered all the basics.

Emma Sobol

Sedgley Park

The whole experience has been very valuable and I would highly recommend. You get to see what Elms bank do to support their various pupils in practical terms and then get clear ideas and structures around how you can adapt to a mainstream schools.


Tottington Primary School

Good to see how sensory helps children learning.

Lisa Malia

Unsworth Primary School

Found today incredibly useful especially the strategies used for behaviour.

Deborah Masson

Radcliffe Hall

• Calm and purposeful lesson with all pupils, well engaged.   • Thank you to all staff and pupils for letting me share in your lesson. I was impressed by the use of semi colons.  • Children working well with staff  • Children are focused on their task,


• Calm Atmosphere  • All engaged  • Contributed well  • Good relationships  • All on task  • All pupils were calm and beautifully engaged in the lesson and their individual work. 


Thank you for today. “it always seems impossible until its done”

Monica Webber

Old Hall School

“Absolutely wonderful”

Toni Corrigan

St Johns and St Bedes

• Friendly staff • Happy children • Lots of resources in the classroom • Good relationship between children and staff • Good atmosphere through school • Children enjoying learning • Amazing school

Nabeela Ali

Butterstile Primary School

The whole class are fantastic. Miss Sanders was great to work alongside and I have learnt so much! Thank you for having me.

Natalie Harwood

Old Hall School


Read Our Latest Reviews

St Peters Primary November 2023

Prior to the recent OakLP Outreach school evaluation review with St Peters Primary School in relation to their SEND Provision, the Outreach team discussed priorities that the school may wish to focus on and the various Support packages available through Outreach on how they could help St Peters. Steve Wedgeworth and Katie Cheadle from St Peters thought this was very useful in helping them to decide on priorities for their SEND provision.

Following a visit to Elms Bank School by St Peters they stated that Laura Baker and Dave Herbert were very supportive and gave clear feedback and recommendations on the day as to how to improve SEND Provision. A comprehensive report was provided which was extremely helpful in highlighting their next steps.

Discussed were future training/CPD requirements and the outcome was:

Autism training for staff

 SENCo to visit the Outreach Team as per Spring Term One for All offer to discuss strategic priorities for SEND/changes to policy and practice/classroom environment.      

TAs to visit Elms Bank/Unsworth Primary to work alongside other TAs in the Spring  Term One for All TA Development Drop-in sessions.

Tottington Primary School July 2023

Prior to the recent OakLP Outreach school evaluation review with Tottington Primary School in relation to their SEND Provision, the Outreach teams audit formatting was very clear with what they wanted to look at and the timings or what/when was helpful to structure the day.

Following the visit to Elms Bank School by Tottington Primary School, Michaela Benz commented that the experience was very positive and a supportive atmosphere enabling good constructive discussions, where sharing ideas happened in the moment and where the Outreach team drew out areas of development and good practical ideas to build on.

The comprehensive report was very clear with clear areas/ideas to develop as well as highlighting our strengths. It has given us a clear structure for CDP which Tottington are looking forward to developing and building their practice.

Discussed were future training/CPD requirements and the outcome was:

 Discussion with Elms bank SENCo to look at provision mapping, universal practice.

 Enabling environments and practical strategies for adaptive teaching

SENCO Support Surgery – SEMH Spring 2023

• Supportive environment! 
• Classroom visits great opportunity 
• Case study information thorough 
• All enjoyable, would love to stay all day. 
• Great strategies to try.
• Great to see how resources and ideas are used in practise in the classrooms here. 
• Great to see resources within the classroom. 

“Loved seeing the classes and all the fabulous structures in place. It stands out how consistent all the staff are. Just GREAT.”

• Good to have opportunities to discuss with colleagues and get KS3/4 perspective. 
• Lovely calm and engaging environment. 
• Wonderful workstations and visual support. 

Alex Dooley, Unsworth Primary 

St Gabriel’s December 2022


A visit was undertaken by the Head and SENDCo to Elmsbank School to gather ideas regarding our SEDN provision and the rising number of SEMH and ADHD issues. 

• Activities undertaken 
• Leadership meeting 
• Visit to Inspire and Nurture provisions 
• Lesson observation (20 mins). 

  1. Trauma / ACE training for all staff – adopt and embed into school CPD calendar
  2. January CPD to remind all staff of expectations of unconditional positive regard and anxiety-reducing questioning techniques for instance.
  3. SEND provision (room, furniture and expectation) to have significant investment. Individual learning pods, break out areas to be in place for September 2023. Further visits by SEND team to Elmsbank re strategies used and resources.
  4. Re-evaluate teaching strategies in SEND and lessons during transition periods to include; 
    • Walking breaks with TAs
    • Shorter lesson times for ADHD students
    • Success-based starter activities
    • Patterns of learning for a nurture provision to settle students into well-established routines
  5. Re-evaluate where SEND provision is in the building and whether students transitioning back to mainstream should be doing so much more slowly and only into certain buildings to avoid anxiety. 
  6. Adopt a similar model to nurture pathway for SEND provision area and inspire-informed teaching practises upon transition.
  7. Work collaboratively with primary feeders to ensure they are working towards transition out of primary provision to mainstream secondary or that we know exactly where they are on their journey.  


E-ACT Blackley October 2022


E-ACT Blackley currently have a large number of children in EYFS with significant need, who are not accessing the reception curriculum and require highly individualised support for the progress of their EHCP targets. We are fortunate enough to have 9 staff members in Reception and 6 in Nursery to support. However, staff confidence in how to support these children is low and we require strategies, resources and advice on how to give the best provision so the children are making the best progress they can.


We initially met with Orienne via a TEAMS call to establish our support needs. This allowed us to explore in depth the kind of support we may need. The coaching style of this meeting enabled us to reflect on our situation and formulate a strategy plan for moving forward. Orienne used the information gathered from this initial meeting to prepare a visit to Elms bank. The timetable for the visit was carefully planned to ensure we got the most out of the day based on the needs explored in the initial briefing.


The headteacher, Deputy SENCO and EYFS lead were all invited to spend the morning at Elms Bank. On arrival to Elms Bank, we were presented with a carefully designed plan for each member of staff to explore specific pathways and spend time with professionals who had the knowledge and experience to support our needs. This was a fully immersive morning and we were overwhelmed by the compassion, hard work and knowledge of the staff.

What we gained at Elms Bank was invaluable! The wealth of ideas and resources that staff shared with us was fantastic. We loved the basket tasks and the photos to really individualise the learning for the children (I've already passed this onto our nursery team who are making them as we speak!). We loved the creative lesson and this is something we can take forward immediately, with perhaps a new story and setting for children to explore each fortnight. This will be really helpful for development of language and social development. It was also amazing to see strategies, areas and resources to use for self-regulation. Many of our children do not have these strategies and end up in crisis, rather than it being drip fed to them. LOVED the 'hidden curriculum' This will be so beneficial for both our EYFS children and children across the academy too. It will also be great for children with ADHD. It was such a friendly and welcoming school.

Again, thank you so much for your support with the challenging situation we find ourselves in here at E-ACT Blackley. We truly feel that with the support and advice gained from your school, we can confidently move forward with help our most vulnerable children succeed.