Physical and Neurological Impairment

The Specialist Teaching and Preschool Service hosts a team of Specialist Teachers who provide specialist educational advice and support for children and young people with physical and neurological impairments. We offer advice, support, training and consultancy to primary schools, secondary schools, school sixth forms and special schools.

We work closely with a range of other professionals.

Support from the team may start before your child starts school to ensure a smooth transition to full-time education.

Once your child is at school, support may include:

  • Observing your child/meeting with them, providing feedback to class teacher, school support staff, SENCos and health professionals
  • Advising schools on the use of support staff to promote inclusion and independence
  • Providing guidance with regard to monitoring your child’s progress in relation to their individual targets
  • Raising awareness of specific disabilities and disability in general
  • Signposting to other support agencies or sources of useful information and support
  • Liaising closely with physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to ensure that your child’s physical and communication needs are being met and that the appropriate equipment and ICT is provided to enable access to the curriculum
  • Promoting inclusive practices
  • Supporting effective liaison between all parties
  • Providing advice and guidance to teachers and support staff on reasonable adjustments, differentiation of the curriculum and modification of tasks/resources
  • Providing training and signposting to other relevant training
  • Providing advice on individual health care plans

Days in our lives – Specialist Teachers (PNI): Jo Nicky

Families who have a child supported in school by a Specialist Teacher (Physical and Neurological Impairment) can contact us via one of the following mailboxes:

MID (Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon)

NORTH EAST (Colchester and Tendring)

SOUTH (Basildon, Brentwood, Canvey, Castlepoint & Rochford)

WEST (Epping, Harlow, Uttlesford)

Lead Specialist Teacher (Physical and Neurological Impairment): Jo Lambert

Who the service provides for

Specialist Teachers for pupils with Physical or Neurological Impairment (PNI) support schools in meeting the needs of pupils who attend a mainstream school, from transition into the Reception Class to leaving school.

Criteria for support from this team are:

– diagnosis of a physical, neurological or medical condition that affects your child’s functioning

– a physical disability that directly affects your child’s access to the school environment or the curriculum

How the service is accessed

Specialist Teachers (PNI) provide a service for schools which is directly accessed by schools' staff. Requests for support in relation to individual children and young people are made by Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) or headteachers, and Health professionals (through the Statutory Assessment Service).

Operational locations

  • Essex


County Hall
Market Road