Physical and Neurological Impairment (PNI) Service

If your child or young person has a significant physical or neurological impairment and/or medical difficulties which are severely impacting on their ability to access the learning environment and/or curriculum, the Physical and Neurological Impairment (PNI) team might work with them and their educational setting to support and give advice.

The team are part of the Physical and Sensory Impairment Specialist Teaching Service at Essex County Council.
The team has:

  • Lead PNI Specialist Teacher
  • Senior PNI teacher(s)
  • PNI Specialist Teachers
  • SEND Technology Specialist

Children and young people

The team works with schools and other educational settings to support children and young people aged 0 to 25 with PNI.  This support includes:

  • identifying what help they need
  • giving advice for One Planning and EHC plans on what your child or young person needs in their education setting
  • giving advice to the education setting when your child or young person moves from one educational setting to another

Schools and settings

The team support staff in schools and settings. They can provide:

  • advice on helping children with PNI to access the curriculum
  • special equipment
  • training on how to use certain pieces of education equipment
  • advice on making changes so that your child or young person can take part at school (reasonable adjustments)
  • general PNI awareness training
  • training around the specific needs of your child with PNI in their setting or school

Who the service provides for

Children and young people who have a physical or neurological need or a complex medical need which means they require additional ongoing support and equipment.


How the service is accessed

Requests for support are made by Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs), headteachers and Health professionals.

If you need more information about the PNI Specialist Teaching Team, please contact the email address below, with PNI in the subject line.


Operational locations

  • Essex