Hazel Hub provision offers children a personalised curriculum aimed at accelerating progress and supporting their learning. The room has a high level of staffing to ensure that the children’s needs are catered for. The children access English and Maths in Hazel Hub each morning and then return to their cohort class in the afternoon.

Hazel Hub have a regular routine and provide a small, nurturing environment in which the children feel safe and secure.


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Class Staff

Gemma Spence Gemma Spence SENDCO

My name is Gemma Spence. I moved to Manchester when I qualified as a teacher in 2009. I have worked in the Academy since September 2009. I have taught in Reception, Year One and Key Stage Two. I have been the Special Educational Needs Coordinator since June 2018. This role involves: Supporting the identification of children with special educational needs, co-ordinating the provision for children with SEN, liaising with parents and others outside agencies and ensuring that the records of all pupils with SEN are kept up to date.

I am very passionate about teaching and I believe that all children can achieve and reach their full potential.  I love working in Blackley and I think our children here at Blackley Academy are fantastic. I am very proud of the team that work tirelessly to support children with Special Educational Needs.


Sinead Foley Sinead Foley Teaching Assistant

My name is Sinead Foley I have worked as a teaching assistant for 4 years and I specialise working with 1-1 sen children, currently working in the hazel hub.

Stacey Cole Stacey Cole Teaching Assistant

My name is Stacey Cole I started at E-ACT Blackley Academy in March 2019. I am a one to one teaching assistant and I also work in the Willows classroom.

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