Bournville Village

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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
  • Personal care e.g. dressing
  • 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 Teaching Assistants trained in providing physical support to children with physical disabilities, manual handling, delivering physiotherapy programmes, meeting the needs of children with hearing impairments and in delivering fine– and gross– motor skills programmes.

We have teachers familiar with supporting pupils who wear hearing aids.

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

We have wheelchair accessble entrances to each of our 3 buildings

We have two disabled access toilets, one located with our George building (key stage 2) and the second located with Cadbury building (foundation key stage).

We have an external lift fitted, enabling wheelchair access to the dining room and library which are situated on the lower level of George building (key stage 2) 


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

Our Accessibility Plan further elaborates on how we intend, over time, to increase the accessibility of our school for disabled pupils.


How we assess this:

Sensory and/or physical needs are usually identified by specialist healthcare professionals.  Our SENDCo can support you with seeking referrals to the relevant service.

Within school we can:

  • Review pupils' care plans
  • Review pupils' managment plans
  • Talk to pupils
  • Talk to the adults who work with the child
  • Observations of the child or young person to see if, and how, they are coping within school


Please follow the link below, for further information about our accessibility arrangements.



External Agency in-School Support:

We are able to access additional support and advice on provision for pupils with these needs from the following teams:

Hearing Support Team

Vision Support Team

Physical Difficulties Support Service


Please follow the links below, for further information on these services.

External Specialist Support:

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