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Sensory & Physical Needs

         If your child has Sensory and/or Physical Needs (including medical needs), they may need support with:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Gross-motor co-ordination
  • Fine-motor co-ordination
  • Medical needs


          Your child may have conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, dyspraxia or Autistic Spectrum Disorders             (ASD) (please see our section for Communication and Interaction)


           All pupils at St Nicholas are entitled to, and receive Inclusive Quality-First Teaching though a broad and balanced academic and social                 curriculum, which is appropriately differentiated to meet individual learner needs.

           This is achieved through:

  • Highly skilled teachers and well-trained support staff who are dedicated to your child’s academic, personal and social potential
  • Appropriate learning challenges, matched the National Curriculum guidelines
  • Differentiated learning challenges through:
    • Extending or reducing challenges
    • Varying the amount of adult or peer support given to complete the challenge
    • The way a learning challenge is delivered, completed and achieved. E.g. visually (looking), practically (doing), orally (speaking), aurally (listening).
    • Different resources to complete learning challenges
    • Different outcome of the challenge
  • Multi-sensory approach to learning challenges
  • Visual aids to support attention and listening skills, classroom organisation and language and concept development
  • Reward systems
  • Modelled language through repetition, emphasis and expansion
  • More thinking time
  • Writing slope boards, pencil grips and coloured overlays for reading
  • Appropriate seating plan
  • Talking partners & Peer support
  • Jigsaw programme delivered through our PSHE curriculum
  • Early identification of needs through a graduated approach to teaching and learning
  • Effective Accessibility, Anti-bullying, Behaviour Policy, Equalities, SEND & Inclusion and Teaching & Learning Policies


Additional Support

Your child may benefit from:-

  • Individualised resources to support vision and hearing within class
  • Amplification of sound for pupils with hearing aids
  • Makaton sign language
  • Access to specific technologies to enhance individual learner needs
  • Health Care Plan
  • Intimate care plans
  • Handwriting support
  • Fine and gross motor skills intervention
  • Keyboard skills support
  • In class adult support
  • Small group support
  • Advice from specialists such as doctors, paediatrician, school nurse


SEN Support

  • Health Care plans
  • Intimate care plans
  • 1-1 support in class
  • Amplification of sound for pupils with hearing aids
  • Makaton sign language
  • Handwriting intervention
  • Fine and gross motor skills intervention
  • Specialist equipment for visual and hearing impairments and physical disabilities
  • Individualised Keyboard skill training & resources
  • Exam Access arrangements
  • Regular support from and reviews with other specialists
  • Advice, support and training for staff from audiology specialists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists