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 you 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 and their families

The team support children and young people aged 0 to 25 with PNI and their families, including:

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

Schools and settings

The team support schools and settings too.  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 which means they must have 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. Please indicate which team your query or referral is for when emailing the service: HI, VI or PNI.

Families cannot refer children directly but the team are always happy to speak to you.

Operational locations

  • Essex


County Hall
Market Road