Special Needs

SENCO Manager: Mrs Maria Flynn
SENCO: Miss Nicola McGuigan
Assistant SENCO: Mrs Clare Phoenix

Learning Support Teachers: Mrs Emma Schofield & Mrs Debbie Corbett


St. Columbanus’ College recognises the needs of all young people who have Special Educational Needs. We aim to ensure that all young people have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Every teacher in our college is a teacher of Special Educational Need. 

 Our tailored curriculum is geared towards improvement so that young people can overcome barriers to learning in order to achieve. We provide high quality whole class teaching and differentiated learning and teaching. We are truly an inclusive College and our work in Special Educational Needs follows our strong ethos whereby every young person is valued and cared for. We also work closely with our excellent Pastoral Care team to ensure young people are happy and successful individuals.

 The SEN department works closely with outside agencies in order to seek and provide the best support for the young people in our care, for example, the Autism Advisory Service, Literacy Service, Sensory Service, SEN Inclusion Service, Language and Communication Service, Educational Psychology Service, Exceptional Teaching Arrangements, Intercultural Education Service, Education Welfare Service and the Primary Behaviour Support and Provisions. We also share strategies and suitable resources with teaching staff and organise and provide training for teachers and classroom assistants.

 In addition, we identify young people who are underachieving and those with additional educational needs based on a range of diagnostic and attitudinal testing, for example, CATS, PTE, PTM and PASS. We use this data to decide on the best support for each young person. We use Individual Education Plans to set young people SMART targets. These are reviewed by subject teachers.

 If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Miss N McGuigan (SENCO) or Mrs C Phoenix (Assistant SENCO).