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Specialist Teaching Service (Sensory and Physical Support)

Specialist Teaching Service (Sensory and Physical Support)

Specialist teachers and support staff working with children, young people, families and professionals with hearing, vision, dual sensory impairments and physical disabilities.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Teresa Quail
01733 454460

Where to go

Bayard Place

Staff will primarily meet service users in the community.

All SENI Services work with Family Voice Peterborough to run monthly Parent/Carer Hubs. For more details on the hubs, please see the Family Voice Peterborough website:

Get directions to PE1 1FB

Other Details




Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

Professional referral

All referrals must be accompanied with a clinical/medical letter stating that the child has a hearing and/or  visual impairment or physical disability

For visual impairment:

The child/young person has a visual condition/ vision is affected / vision is likely to be affected in the future. This can be anything from nystagmus through amblyopia, monocular to other more complex conditions.

Please note the visual conditions must NOT be correctable by glasses/prescription.

If someone has a condition which is likely to result in loss of vision in the future then that condition should be identified medically e.g. Battens, Usher etc and evidence of that would be needed.

For hearing impairment:

The child/young person has an audiology report confirming a sensorineural hearing loss or a conductive loss that requires an audiological hearing aid device

For physical disability:

Medical report that indicates a long term physical disability

Other notes

We also work collaboratively with the specialist Hubs, commissioned by the City Council, to provide peer to peer support for education settings across the Peterborough area. These Hubs deliver a variety of support such as training, drop-in / open times, observations of lessons, resource libraries, helpline. 


Local Offer


The Sensory and Physical Support Service aims to ensure the inclusion and achievement of children and young people with sensory and physical impairments and the building of expertise and capacity within schools in Peterborough, in line with current local and national strategies.

This year (2017) has seen a further period of development for the Service and a key new appointment of a teacher of Physical disability has been made to ensure service provision in this area. The service continues to support schools and settings embed the SEND reforms as well as their understanding of the changes to the SEN code of practice.

The focus of support across the service continues to be working in partnership with families, schools, pre-school settings, post 16 provisions and other involved agencies to ensure the needs of the students we work with are fully met. To achieve this we use a variety of approaches:

• Assessment of need

• Advice to schools and parents

• Support for schools and parents

• Formal and informal training for school staff

• Provision of specialist equipment for sensory impairment

• Monitoring of progress and educational provision

• Liaison and close work with different professionals and agencies

• Input to Education, Health and Care needs assessments process and reviews

• In some specific cases where there is a high level of need the team may on occasions do direct teaching of particular skills with a child or young person.

The Service remains committed to the development of integrated Children’s Services and continues to work to develop close links with partners in Social Care, Health and other Children’s Services teams.

Our priorities are:

• Early Intervention – through our involvement both with children in newborns, Early Years and Pre-School and also in our response to newly referred or diagnosed children

• Removing barriers to access and learning for the children and young people we work with – through our detailed support and advice on accessibility, modification, differentiation and equipment and work with children, schools/settings, families and other agencies

• Raising expectations and achievement – through our work with schools/settings, pupils and parents

• Delivering improvements in partnership with others– through our commitments to working with schools, parents and other services

Hearing Impairment

We work with children and young people who have a permanent unilateral (one ear) or bilateral (two ears) mild, moderate, severe or profound hearing loss as identified by an Audiologist.

Vision impairment

We work with children and young people who

• have no functional vision and has a Severely Visually Impaired Registration 
• have a distant vision impairment that results in vision fields and depth perception issues
• have a near vision impairment that results in fixation issues
• have deteriorating vision due to an ocular visual impairment
• have low vision due to an ocular or a cortical visual impairment

Multi-sensory impairment

We work with children and young people who have combined vision and hearing impairment, which may include a functional loss in one or both of these senses that create difficulty in accessing the curriculum and engaging in daily life experiences.

Physical Disabilities

We work with children and young people who have a physical disability which affects one or more of the following:

• Balance, mobility and/ or physical stamina
• Hand function
• Communication 
• Independence

When a young person is referred, the Sensory and Physical Support Service will:

1. Acknowledge written referrals by phone.

2. Visit parent/schools to discuss the role of the Service, especially upon initial involvement with the child and school.

3. Request written parental permission to seek relevant medical information from the relevant Health Service such as the Consultant Paediatrician, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist.

On completion of any assessment, a written report is compiled by a qualified and experienced specialist teacher.

Contact Name
Teresa Quail
Contact Telephone
01733 454460
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 5 years
5 to 11 years
11 to 19 years
19 to 25 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

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