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Sensory and Physical Needs


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


Type of support/provision made at Farne Primary School:


  • The Universally Available Guidance  Provision for Early Years; 

    Universally Available Provision to Supporting children and young people who have additional needs in mainstream schools and SEND Level Descriptors are used by staff in supporting the needs of all pupils with their additional needs.

  • Staff have attended Sensational Classroom Training which was delivered by an Occupational Therapist.
  • Staff work with specialists from outside of school such as Occupational Therapy and the Local Authorities Sensory Impaired Service and advice and guidance is acted upon to ensure barriers to success are reduced or removed.
  • 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.
  • Pupils can access time in our Play Therapy room which has  a range of sensory resources.
  • Pupils access interventions such as listening skills (to support their ability to organise information) and follow the Teadorescu (Write from the start).
  • One-to-one or small group support for gross and fine motor skills in the classroom as and when required.
  • Alternative ways of recording ideas, writing and investigations.
  • Physical aids or resources where necessary or where advised by specialists eg, pencil grips, spring scissors, therapy putty (each class has a SEND Toolkit and access to a fidget bag and the sensory room.)
  • Farne ensures we use transition to support pupils to make a smooth transfer between age phases and successfully prepare for adulthood.
  • Staff provide support with personal and intimate care if and when needed.
  • Staff make every effort to be as accessible as possible, for example, disabled toilet facilities, accessible ramps into school (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).


Updated September 2023