Sensory and Physical Needs

  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Visual Impairment  (VI)
  • Multi-sensory impairment 
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Medical Needs


  • All teachers have received training and use the Newcastle Mainstream Guidance in supporting the needs of all pupils with sensory and physical difficulties
  • Staff work with specialists from outside of school such as Occupational Therapists and the Local Authorities Sensory Impaired Service and advice and guidance is acted upon to ensure barriers to success are reduced or removed.
  • Advice, guidance and training from specialists outside of school are acted upon to respond to learners who have significant medical needs.
  • Access to strategies and programmes to support Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.
  • Small group or 1:1 targeted intervention programmes are delivered to learners to improve skills. 
  • Learners also access interventions such the Letter Join programme.
  • Where appropriate, we provide support and aids to ensure access to the curriculum and develop independent learning, including resources to support fine and gross motor skills and alternative ways of recording.
  • We use transition to support learners to make a smooth transfer between age phases and successfully prepare for adulthood.
  • A designated medical officer who regularly checks medical records and ensures staff understand and apply the medicine administration policy.
  • Staff seek and act on advice and guidance for learners who have significant medical needs.
  • Our staff understand and apply the medicine administration policy.
  • Staff provide support with personal and intimate care if and when needed.
  • Designated first aid trained staff are assigned at all times.
  • Support is offered to families and they are introduced to services and organisations which may offer support and advice where appropriate.
  • The school makes every effort to be as accessible as possible, for example, lifts, disabled toilet facilities and shower facilities etc. for further information please see the Disability Equality Access Policy.
  • Entrances to the school allow wheelchair access.
  • The school has disabled toilets/facilities. 

 UpdateAugust 2022