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Sensory Impairment in Special Schools

The Best Practice Guidance for Sensory Impairment in PSCN Special Schools was developed in 2013 by the Sensory Links from Kent’s Special Schools and the STLS Sensory Service. This document takes the form of a checklist that can be used for self-assessment to evidence good practice and to identify areas for development or training. The BPG can also be used as a observational tool to identify good teaching strategies and to act as a framework to shape future interventions.

The BPG is part of the Sensory Link programme which was established to encourage collaborative working and to improve outcomes for pupils with sensory impairment. Each Special School has a nominated Sensory Link within their staff group who meets regularly with the teachers for sensory impairment to discuss concerns, highlight progress and prioritise specialist interventions.

The Best Practice Guidance has been successful used for the last three years and recently the Sensory Links used this experience to revised the Quality First Teaching (QFT) section. To support the Sensory Links specialist sensory training events are provided by the STLS Sensory Service. Opportunities are also provided to exchange ideas, resources and strategies that had been successful at their school. At the request of the Sensory Links bite-sized QFT sections have been provided that can provide a focus for development in the classroom.