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 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Listerdale Junior Academy has a strong belief that all children should be valued, treated with respect and reach their full potential. We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. Through personalised teaching and learning, our academy strives to ensure that the provision for all our pupils is of the highest possible standards, ensuring that we are always evaluating and refining our practice. We firmly believe that by working in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals, children receive high quality care, support, education and the best possible opportunities in order to ensure a successful transition into adult life.

We therefore ensure that: - 

  • All teachers have high expectations of pupils with SEND, including a commitment to ensuring they can achieve their full potential.
  • All teachers deliver high quality provision to meet the needs of pupils with SEND.
  • We identify and assess pupils with SEND as early as possible and provide a flexible and staged structure of provision to meet all identified needs.
  • We collaborate with education, health and social care services to provide resources to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of all the pupils in their class, including where pupils access support from teaching assistants or specialists.
  • All staff develop their awareness of special educational needs and focus on inclusive practice to remove barriers to learning and have access to a broad and balanced, yet relevant curriculum, which is adapted to ensure continuing progress.
  • All pupils with SEND are actively involved in the decision-making process and are encouraged to express their views, wishes and feelings. These views will be taken into account when planning their curriculum, giving them greater choice and ownership of their development.
  • We involve parents/carers as partners in the education of their children and provide them with the information and support necessary to enable participation in decision making. 
  • Pupils with SEND have the opportunity to engage in activities alongside all pupils, including after-school clubs and lunchtime clubs.
  • All pupils are valued equally as individuals, taking into consideration factors which contribute to learning, behaviour, well-being and state of mind. 
  • The Academy’s SEND Information Report is part of the Rotherham Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

The Local Offer can be found via the following link 

If you are concerned that your child has, or may have special educational needs, and you wish to discuss the support available at Listerdale Junior Academy please contact: 

SENDCo – Laura Taylor – 

Inclusion Manager – Lynsey Elder –

Executive Principal - Cathryn Keeton -

Vice Principal – Laura Bint –

ACET Inclusion Lead - Cheryl Barquero -


Useful Links 

SEND Local Offer - Here you will find help, advice and information about the services available for your child or young person from birth to 25 years with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND). It is part of Rotherham’s graduated response to special educational need and disability.

National Autistic Society - Provide a wide range of services to support autistic children and young people. 

Rotherham Parent Carers Forum - A registered charity run by and for families of children and young people (aged 0-25) who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

Child Line - There to support you, guide you, help you make decisions that are right for you. Offers tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. 

ADHD Resources - The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity. 


CAMHS Resources - This is a collection of useful websites that provide information and support to young people and families.


Mental Health Resources - support, advice and information on young people's mental health, all in one place. From preschool to young adults. For Parents, Young People and Professionals - This is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people.

Beat Eating Disorders 

Children's Mental Health - Place2Be is a children and young people's mental health charity with almost 30 years' experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools.


The downloadable documents below provide more information regarding our SEND Report and provision within the academy.