Pastoral Care and SEND

Meet the SEND team...

The SEND Co-ordinator is Lauren Demeza. She is supported by a team of support staff to plan, deliver and assess a wide range of interventions for children across the schools.

We are also very lucky to have a specialist Speech & Language Teaching Assistant, Clare Challis, who is out of class full time to support across the Federation.

Lauren Demeza 


Clare Challis

Speech and Language

Teaching Assistant

Meet the PASTORAL team...

In addition to our SEND team, we also have a Pastoral team lead by, Tina Kirk who work with children and their families to overcome barriers to learning.

Her team of qualified ELSAs support a number of children for 6 sessions of specialist interventions.

Tina Kirk

Pastoral Lead

Cam Jezzard

Emotional Literacy

Support Assistant (ELSA)

Amanda Jutte


Laura Pearce


Camilla Hawkins

Early Years ELSA

Celebrating Differences

Here at John Rankin Federation, we not only want to support children with their difficulties but also to celebrate their differences. We hope to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences and teach the children that it takes different brains to make the world a better place. We also know that neurodiversity can give certain superpowers!


Video: What is Neurodiversity - a video for children

Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)

Video: Animated Explanation of Autism

PowerPoint: Managing the behaviour of pupils on the Autistic Spectrum


Video: See Dyslexia Differently

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Video: Let's Talk About ADHD


PowerPoint: Anxiety/Stress - Understanding & Supporting Our Children 

- Workshop for schools by West Berkshire Autism Team

Document: Anxiety & Stress Plan

Info sheet: Masking

Info sheet: The 5 ways to Well-Being

Info sheet: Emotional First Aid kits

Info sheet: Anxiety 


Info sheet: Pathological Demand Avoidance


Mindful Break Cards

School Sports Colouring


Brain Break Activity

Visual Timetable


Outdoor Activity Cards

Sensory Cards 

Sensory Cards 2

Time to Move

Time for Yoga

PowerPoint - Sensory Differences

PDF - Sensory Screening Tool





Good Night Sleep Tips

Help My Child to Sleep 

Getting a good night sleep 

Getting a good night sleep 2 


Sleep - understanding & supporting our children

- Workshop for schools by West Berkshire Autism Team


ADHD Support Strategies

ASD Support Strategies

Top Tips for Supporting ASD

Top Tips for Supporting ADHD 


Dyslexia Activity

Adverb Word Map

Alphabet with Pictures

Dyslexia Flashcards

Classroom Tips

Dyslexia Strategies Poster

Dyslexia Support - Adult Guidance

Working Memory Presentation

SEND - Cognition and Learning

Handwriting and Posture Assessment tool

Strategies for Supporting children with Literature

Dyslexia Literacy Resources


Communication Tree

Mainstream Universal Flyer

Cascade PowerPoint

Word Maps and Mind Maps

Pre-teaching for Independent Learners


PowerPoint: Transition Coffee Morning

Theory of Mind

PowerPoint: Theory of Mind



SNAP Programme (Maths)

The SNAP programme (used in school as an intervention) is designed to support plugging the gaps in mathematical concept and rote learning, covering all topics of calculation.  The programme does not feature problem solving.  Children of all levels will be able to revise, consolidate and fill gaps in their mathematical calculation knowledge and concepts using these activities.  Activities will need some adult support but need very few resources (usually household).  There is an assessment tool which will help you to access the best level to start at.

Using these programmes is a great opportunity for your child to consolidate or catch up with these skills whilst they do not have the pressures of continually moving learning within the curriculum.

SNAP on 2 Maths 

SNAP Intervention Units

Where to go for help

Being a parent to a child with Special Educational Needs can be challenging. At John Rankin Federation, we try to support parents through our strong SEND and Pastoral Team, regular meetings with staff, coffee mornings with outside professionals etc.

There are also many agencies and charities that are out there to support. Below are just a few places you can go for help and advice:

West Berkshire Local Offer

The West Berkshire Local Offer also sets out provision, which is available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), aged 0 to 25, including education, health and social care services:

Disability Living Allowance

If your child has SEND, they may also be eligible for Disability Living Allowance. For more information and to download the application form, please visit:

Additional useful links...

The National Autistic Society

Children and Young People's Integrated Therapies


The Castle School

CAMHS Resources