Children with SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

We encourage all our pupils to aim high and achieve to the best of their ability. As teachers, we work hard to support all the children in our school to be the best they can – including all the children with special educational needs or disabilities. We want all pupils to make the best possible progress in school. We are an inclusive school and strive to support all children to enable them to make the best possible progress and achieve well. To accomplish these aims, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum with high quality teaching. We provide effective support for children with special educational needs and disabilities, starting from our first contact with parents and carers when a child enters our school. We make sure that additional needs are identified early and we offer a range of provision according to identified needs. At Tinsley Meadows there are two SENCOs (Esther Bloomer and Claire Peats) who work with pupils, parents and staff to ensure the needs of children with SEND are met. If you have any questions or queries you can contact them through one of the following email address: or at making sure to put the name of the SENCO you wish to speak to in the subject bar or by phone on 0114 244 1842 Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy has robust policies and procedures in place for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and we comply with the following legal requirements:

For more information on how we can support parents and children with SEND please click on the links below:

Tinsley Meadows SEND Information Report (Reg 51) – May 2022-23

SEND Information Covid Addendum (2020-21)

Please click on the link below to access our SEND policy:

FRMAT SEND Policy 23-24

Please also find below details of our SEND Local Offer:

Tinsley Meadows Local Offer to Children and Young People with SEND – 2022-23

For Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy’s Access Plan for 2019-20 please click here.

You and your staff share an unremitting commitment to helping pupils achieve their best. Challenge was apparent in all classes. Pupils, across the range of ability, rose enthusiastically to the challenge of explaining their ideas in response to adults’ probing questioning. OFSTED (April 2019)
You ensure that pupils with SEND are taught well by experienced professionals. The school’s nurture provision is a strength. Pupils in this class are exceedingly well supported through challenging and well thought out activities. These allow them to flourish, for example, through weekly visits to the farm and forest schools. This has ensured that pupils who access this provision make very strong progress from their starting points. Pupils with SEND in classes throughout the school are challenged well through well-planned activities that offer a structure of support to allow them to keep up with their peers. As a result, the majority of pupils with SEND are making progress similar to that of other pupils. OFSTED (April 2019)
Useful Links
General Support and Advice




  • Sheffield Parent Carer Forum – Sheffield Parent Carer Forum offers support and advice on a wide range of topics including: SEN transport, Short breaks, Personal Budgets and they hold regular coffee mornings (currently these are virtual) where parents can support one another.
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  • IPSEA – A useful site for free, legally based Special Education advice
  • One Place for Special Needs – A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut to making friends. The National Autistic Society website also provides guidance on writing your own personalised social stories
  • Mencap – Mencap provides support and advice to parents.
Online Resources
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
National Autistic society

  • National Autistic Society – The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources)
  • Widgit – Symbolled resources for different topics and areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctors/dentists
  • Autism Independent UK – Lots of information on ASD
  • Autism Speaks – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library
Deafness and Hard of Hearing
Down's Syndrome

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Speech and Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)