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Sensory and/or physical needs

Sensory and/or physical needs

Children and young people who have a disability that may make it difficult for them to manage their everyday life without change or support. This may be because of hearing or visual difficulties, physical difficulties or other medical needs.

Types of need and what that could look like

Some things that children might find difficult are:


Examples of support available in our school


How we check it is working

• Hearing what others in the classroom or school setting are saying.

• Reading words in books, worksheets or whiteboards that are not made bigger or changed to help them.

• Moving around school.

• Using resources or equipment

• Taking medication without adult support.

• Teachers change what they are teaching or the way that they teach to help the child or young person learn more with the rest of the class.

• Professional advice from specialist support service.

• Timetabled support for regular physiotherapy session if needed.

• Support from outreach services such as hearing, visual impairment or physical disability teams.

• Specialist equipment

• Adaptations to the school environment where possible

• Reasonable adjustments made to the curriculum/teaching


• Monitoring that the child or young person has full access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

• Observations of the child or young person within the school environment.

• Discussion with professionals regarding the management plan.

• Talk to adults who have worked with the child or young person.

• Talk to the child or young person.

*Talk to parents.

Liaise with specialist agencies.