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What we do

The Virtual School Sensory Support (VSSS) team consists of specialist teachers, specialist support assistants, habilitation officers, an educational audiologist, child psychotherapist, technical support officer and ICT specialist trainer.

Our staff support from the point of diagnosis, working in homes, early years settings, schools and post 16 settings.

We offer a wide range of support according to individual needs to sensory impaired, Vision Impaired and Deaf children and young people, from the age of 0 - 25 years, including those in post-16 education.

Find out more about who we support.

We aim to give a high quality service to each child or young person and their parents or carers, providing teaching, advice and information.

We support the development of mobility, orientation and independent living skills of children and young people with Vision Impairment through Habilitation training.

Find out more about our Habilitation for Vision Impaired students.

Early intervention

Our staff will work with 

  • Children and young people from the initial diagnosis of their deafness or vision loss
  • Health professionals to provide high quality support to families
  • Parents/carers of young children to support early development
  • Children and young people to develop their communication skills
  • Colleagues in schools, Early Years and post-16 settings to adapt teaching and learning resources

Inclusive learning

Specialist staff provide

  • Advice on curriculum and independent learning access
  • Support for professionals, such as teachers and teaching assistants, through INSET and ongoing training
  • Advice on access arrangements for exams and assessments
  • Training in communication skills and the use of specialist equipment and ICT 
  • Environmental audits to support children and young people in their learning environment
  • Advice to promote children and young people’s wellbeing, social and communication skills

Transition

We aim to ensure smooth transitions for children and young people by

  • Supporting transition at Key Stages
  • Transferring information and ensuring specialist equipment is in place in the new setting
  • Supporting students through transition into post 16 provision, employment and adulthood
  • Providing training to enable staff to best meet the needs of children or young people

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