Sensory and/or Physical Needs

Sensory and/or Physical Needs

SEND Code of Practice (2015):

  • Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many children and young people with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning, or habilitation support. Children and young people with an MSI have a combination of vision and hearing difficulties.
  • Some children and young people with a physical disability (PD) require additional ongoing support and equipment to access all the opportunities available to their peers.


Some of the things children and young people with these needs might find difficult are:

  • Hearing what others in the classroom or school setting are saying
  • Reading words on books, worksheets or whiteboards that are not made bigger or changed to help them
  • Moving around without the help of a walking aid or wheelchair
  • Using pencils, scissors, knives and forks and other things that we need to use without changes or support
  • Taking medication without adults helping them


Types of support we currently offer:

Teachers change what they are teaching and/or the way they are teaching to help the child learn more, with the rest of the class.

We have sound amplification systems installed within every classroom, which amplify the sound of the teacher’s voice.

We have Teaching Assistants trained in providing physical support to children with physical disabilities, delivering physiotherapy programmes, meeting the needs of children with hearing impairments and in delivering fine– and gross– motor skills programmes.

We have specialist equipment for use during lessons such as PE, to enable full access to the curriculum.

We are currently supported by the hearing impairment and physical disability teams, for a number of pupils.  Should a child with a visual impairment enrol at our school, we would seek support from the visual impairment team.

For further information, please see our Accessibility Action Plan for details of what we are currently working on within our school.

As a school, we are committed to continuing to improve access to our Grade II listed building.


External Agency in-School Support:

Physical Difficulties School Support: Ann Collier    Tel (South): 0121 478 4280

Sensory Support (Hearing): Davina Allen   Tel: 0121 303 1793

School Nurse: Amanda Galligan   Tel: 0121 466 4505


External Specialist Support:

Our SENDCo can support you to access charities and services, who can support children with Physical Disabilities and/or sensory impairments.