SEND and Inclusion

Ladywood Outreach Service

Ladywood Outreach Service is part of a provision provided by Ladywood School. It provides a service to all schools in Bolton LA, both primary and secondary schools, in addition to private and voluntary nursery settings (not home based childcare).

Through the Outreach Service, Ladywood are able to share the knowledge and expertise they have developed in order to support partnership settings with the range of pupil learning and communication difficulties now encountered on a regular basis in mainstream settings.

Ladywood Outreach Service has been developed to support the inclusion of pupils with a complexity of learning and communication difficulties, in addition to the full range of autistic spectrum disorders in mainstream schools. Ladywood Outreach Service aims to have a long term impact on inclusive practice in mainstream schools in line with the development of the future role of Special Schools.

A child can be referred to Ladywood Outreach Service once their free funding entitlement commences i.e. the term following their 2nd or 3rd birthday.


Single Point of Access (SPOA) for Early Years Referrals to Ladywood Outreach or Educational Psychology

In order to support the offer for children in the Early Years with SEND from the specialist advice from Educational Psychology and Ladywood Outreach Service, a Single Point of Access panel has been developed. This panel will meet fortnightly and will take referrals so that providers do not have to make multiple referrals and children’s needs can be assessed in a timely fashion.

The flowchart titled ‘EY SEND SPOA Process’ sets out when and how providers might make these referrals.  This flowchart can be accessed below:



SEN Concerns at Transition into Primary School

We recognise that due to the fact that children have been out of provision for some time, there may be some schools who need additional support as children transition to them. This would, of course, be a follow-up to transition planning, reasonable adjustments and individual risk assessments etc.

The flowchart titled ‘EY SEND SPOA Process – Transition Support’ sets out when and how providers might make these referrals.  This flowchart can be accessed below:

EY SEND SPOA Process - Transition Support


What do I need to include in my SPOA referral?

You will need to submit:

  • A completed referral Child Information Sheet
  • Information that demonstrates how you have already supported the child through the 'Graduated Approach' (Access, Plan, Do, Review proccess) for at least 2 cycles e.g. IEP's, play plans, provision maps etc.
  • A completed EYFS Rating of Concerns Scale
  • An up-to-date Early Help Review that details the concerns and what support has been offered so far, evidence of strategies and documentation gathered.

Please send any queries to the EY SEND Single Point of Access inbox at:


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