Through specialist teaching and support, IPaSS promotes greater inclusion, increased independence, equal access to the curriculum and improved educational outcomes.

Supporting Children and Young People with Physical Difficulties in Educational Establishments

As there are different levels of physical difficulty, the level of support required in education is dependent on the individual child or young person's needs:

  • With minor changes, external support and specialist equipment, children and young people with physical difficulties can be successful in mainstream education
  • For instance, medical services may be involved, e.g. Paediatrician, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist
  • Some children and young people may require specialist equipment to help with their learning, e.g. powered wheelchair
  • Changes may be needed to school buildings, e.g. ramps, lifts
  • However, some children and young people with physical difficulties will require significant support and...
  • Some children and young people with physical difficulties may also have learning difficulties
Level of Need Description
A Intensive Support
At least termly visits
e.g. Transition / period of change such as deterioration in condition and/or, pupil requires hoisting (recommend twice yearly staff refresher training)
B Regular support
At least yearly visits
e.g. Update visit and report for annual review
C Level of support still under investigation
At least one follow up visit after initial assessment to determine level of need (level B or D)
D Minimal support
No follow up visit booked - the school to contact IPaSS if further input/visit is required
N.B. If no contact from school after 2 years at level D pupil removed from database and re-referral required to access further IPaSS support

The IPaSS Physical Difficulties Team has many years of combined experience in this field and can provide high quality training, advice and support in all aspects of the information noted here.