Mr Cunniffe (Head of School)

I am the Head of School and SENDCO. I am passionate about helping all students to reach their full potential and develop into extraordinary young people. My role is all about supporting students to have the best learning experience during their time at Northbrook Primary Academy and making sure their needs are met. I work with the children, parents, teachers and the pastoral team to help with strategies to support children. I regularly meet with staff, children and their families to discuss what support they need and challenge and support them in their learning journey.

Trust Inclusion Manager

Mrs Batey 

My name is Janet Batey. I am the Trust Inclusion Manager working across the Endeavour Learning Trust. I have been involved with SEND work since 2006 and have seen many changes, especially over the past few years. My strengths lie in supporting the SENCO, Mr Cunniffe, in school with the processes and the associated paperwork required to get as much support in place as possible to empower the students to achieve their full potential. As part of this process I am also the Specialist Assessor in school, so undertake assessment of all students to consider their eligibility for exam access arrangements.

Mr Cunniffe can be contacted by email via 


At Northbrook, we provide first-class support for all of our students’ learning within the classroom setting allowing all students to make good progress. Our learning support team have expertise in all areas of learning needs. We offer quality support for a range of difficulties, including:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia  
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties 
  • Physical Difficulties – including Visual & Hearing Impairments and other Health related medical difficulties 
  • EAL students 
  • Social, Emotional & Mental Health Difficulties – eg ASD, ADHD etc 

We currently provide extra support through:

  • Nessy (literacy support for dsylexia and children who have dsylexic traits)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health support through the work of the Pstoral Team (Mrs Cole and Mr Aindow) and via external agencies such as Children & Families Well-Being Service. 
  • IT provision for those students with handwriting difficulties or difficulties with fine motor skills  
  • We liaise closely with external agencies such as CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services), Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologists and the School Nurse Team. 

As SENCO, Mr Cunniffe works closely with teachers to offer support with strategies for interventions with students. Subject based intervention is usually provided by subject specialist staff, although most intervention takes place within the teaching classroom. 

In some cases a Passport for Learning is made for a student. This is developed with the student and gives teachers strategies to support them as an individual in lessons and targets the student is working on. 

The Lancashire SEND Partnership was formed following the Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) joint inspection of special educational needs and disability (SEND) services in our local area.

The partnership brings together all the agencies in Lancashire which provide the SEND services for children, young people, their parents and carers. It ensures everybody can work together to provide the best outcomes for children, young people and their families, with representatives who use the service.

For further information and regular updates about the changes taking place please see the SEND local offer websiteview their event listings on Eventbrite or view their Facebook page.