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Newburn Manor Primary School

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Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties

Sensory and/or Physical Needs


This may include:


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



  • Staff work with specialists such as ‘The Hearing Impairment Service’ or a member of the ‘Visually Impaired team’, School Health, Occupational Therapy and SENDOS to seek advice and guidance on meeting the needs of individual pupils
  • Strategies and programmes of work from the Occupational Therapy Service are followed for children with physical difficulties to support the development of gross and fine motor skills in the classroom and around school
  • Physical aids or resources where necessary or where advised by specialists e.g. posture cushion, pencil grips, spring scissors, therapy putty
  • We provide support with personal and intimate care if and when needed
  • We make every effort to be as accessible as possible, for example, disabled toilet facilities, accessible ramp into KS2 if required. (See Accessibility Plan)
  • Our staff understand and apply the medicine administration policy. Designated first aid trained staff are assigned to break, lunchtimes, trips or visits, etc. (See Administering Medicines Policy)
  • Additional handwriting support through targeted intervention programmes like 'Write from the start' or through bespoke intervention tailored to individual or small group needs
  • One-to-one support for gross and fine motor skills in the classroom as and when required
  • Movement breaks for pupils with motor coordination difficulties as and when required
  • Alternative ways of recording ideas/writing/investigations
  • Advice and training from outside agencies and school to school support