As this situation regarding the COVID-19 virus eases we would like to provide an update regarding the service offered by The Physical Disabilities Outreach Team. From September 2020 we will be able to offer visits to schools. Please see below for further details.
In accordance with The Department for Education: Guidance for full opening: Schools (July 2020)
“Supply teachers, peripatetic teachers and/or other temporary staff can move between schools. They should ensure they minimise contact and maintain as much distance as possible from other staff. Specialists, therapists, clinicians and other support staff for pupils with SEND should provide interventions as usual.”
The measures we will take:
Thank you for your collaboration and support and we look forward to continuing working together to support the children, young people and families of Lincolnshire.
Please find our COVID 19 Risk Assessment at the bottom of this web page.
We offer support to Lincolnshire Primary, Secondary and Special Schools who are seeking to include pupils with physical disabilities. This includes pupils in transition at each stage. Our Outreach team has a wealth of experience in teaching and supporting pupils with physical disabilities. Liaising with NHS Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Services, we offer support, advise and associated training in the assessment of needs and provision. For more information, please see leaflet below.
Our services are free to Lincolnshire schools. This includes all visits and most training. Moving and handling training is £75 per person and these are run frequently throughout the year. Although we can loan equipment and possibly software for up to 6 weeks for trial purposes, expenditure on software and equipment for long-term use should be met from individual school’s special needs budgets or other funding.
Give us a ring, drop us an email or speak to any member of the team. Please bear in mind the pupil must have a profound physical disability. This does not include dyspraxia and hypermobility or ASD unless alongside a physical disability.
If we haven’t visited the relevant pupil before, we will send you (or you can download from the St Francis school website) a permission form to be signed by parents/guardians and an initial contact form to be completed by school staff with the details regarding the pupil’s condition and needs (ideally including relevant reports from other professionals) and the school’s desired outcomes for the pupil (based on the service we offer).
Once we have received the signed permission forms, we will confirm whether the pupil falls within the remit of our service and if so one or more of the team will arrange to visit the pupil or signpost you to other services if needed.
When we visit we would like to observe the pupil and work with the pupil, 1:1, class teacher and/or SENCO to create an action plan which can be used to measure progress. We expect that evidence will be provided based on these goals and we will review it after a period of time. This may involve us loaning you equipment and providing training.
We will follow up the action plans and set new targets where required. We will continue to support you for as long as needed. Many of our pupils remain on our books for many years due to the challenging and changing nature of their needs. We will contact once a term to check if any support is required and are available by phone or email, any time.
St Francis Special School, Wickenby Crescent, Lincoln, LN1 3TJ
firstname.lastname@example.org - 01522 526498
If you request a paper copy of any of the information on our website, please contact the school office who will be more than happy to assist.