Sensory and Physical Provision
The SEN code of practice states that Physical and/or Sensory Needs are characterised as:
“…a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’. This definition provides a relatively low threshold and includes more children than many realise: ‘long-term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’. This definition includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer…”
As a result many of these children and young people will require some of the following:
- flexible teaching arrangements
- adaptations to the physical environment
- of the school
- adaptations to school policies and procedures
- access to alternative forms of communication
- provision of tactile and kinaesthetic materials
- access to low vision aids
- access to all areas of the curriculum through specialist aids, equipment or furniture
- regular and frequent access to specialist support
At St Anselm’s we are well-equipped to support a range of Physical and Sensory needs, and have experience in accommodating many of the arrangements listed above. Our staff undergo regular training to ensure their skills are up-to-date and relevant, and we seek advice from NHS Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and the Kent CATs team to ensure every student is as included and independent as possible.
However, as each students' case is unique please contact us to discuss your child's requirements.