Physical Difficulties Support Service

The Physical Difficulties Support Service (PDSS) provides specialist support to schools/settings and Children and Young Persons  who have –

  • a moderate/significant physical difficulty as their primary need.
  • a medical condition, which affects their physical access to the school day.

The team support schools and settings to remove barriers to pupil’s access, learning, social interaction and developing independence.

The PDSS are qualified teachers with a specialism and expertise in supporting children and young people with physical difficulties.

PDSS advises schools and settings on their compliance with equality and statutory duties. This ensures that children and young people with physical difficulties are not discriminated against or put at a disadvantage.

PDSS promotes disability equality and disability awareness within our educational settings.

If you have any questions regarding the PDSS contact via email one of the coordinators below.

Accessible Schools

PDSS supports schools/settings to assess the educational environment in terms of physical access and supports them to keep children with physical difficulties safe.

PDSS offer essential specialist support and advice around transition and aim for all children and young people to have accessible school placements.

Accessing the Curriculum

  • PDSS offer advice on access to the primary and secondary curriculum. This ensure children and young people with physical difficulties make progress.
  • PDSS recommends resources and equipment to support pupils accessing the curriculum. 

Accessing the Curriculum using ICT

  • PDSS offer advice on alternative recording methods and teaching strategies including the use of ICT hardware and software.

Accessing the Curriculum – Early Years

  • PDSS offer advice on accessing the early years curriculum and environment for early years settings. 

PE and Practical Subjects

PE

  • PDSS support schools so that  children and young people can  be active and participate in all aspects of Physical Education.
  • PDSS Swimming checklist can be downloaded from the Birmingham SENCO Zone.

Practical Lessons

  • PDSS support schools so that children and young people can participate fully in all practical lessons.

Good Sitting

PDSS offer advice on the importance of a good sitting position and how to achieve it for pupils with physical difficulties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing Independence & Preparation for Adulthood

PDSS offer advice around

  • the development of self-help and independence in daily life skills.
  • preparation for adulthood.
  • involving children with decision making.

Physical Management Planning

PDSS support schools in writing a Physical Management Plan for pupils with physical difficulties.

Educational Visits

PDSS offer advice around considerations required for the inclusion of pupils with physical difficulties in educational visits.

  • Transport
  • Venues
  • Facilities

Educational visits consideration form can be downloaded from the Birmingham SENCO Zone.

 

 

PDSS Links

PDNet Free Level 1 Training – Raising Awareness of Physical Disability

Who is the training for?

This free online training module is designed for anyone working within an educational setting who needs to develop their awareness and understanding of physical disability and the impact it can have on learning.

What does the training involve?

The Level 1 module is approximately one hour in length and uses custom graphics and scenario-based learning to help users to understand the barriers or challenges that can be faced by children and young people with a physical disability and the steps that can be taken to overcome these.

How do I get started?

Once registered with PDNet, you can work through the training at your own pace and revisit as many times as you need. A downloadable digital certificate is awarded on completion of each module.

Follow this link to register and access the training.  https://pdnet.org.uk/register/

 

What you need to know about supporting learners with Physical Difficulties in the Further Education Sector

PDNet have been working with The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and are delighted to share a free interactive on-line resource.

You can register and complete this 15-20 minute on-line resource by clicking on the link below.

https://booking.etfoundation.co.uk/course/details/1048

If you have any questions about this training please contact at support@pdnet.org.uk

 

Free e-learning resource – Pre-term Birth Information for Education Professionals

The e-learning resource was co-designed with teachers, educational psychologists, parents of children born preterm, and young adults who were born preterm themselves and comprises evidence-based information about what preterm birth is, how it may affect children’s development and learning, and what can be done to support them in the classroom.

 

The e-learning resource can be accessed for free using this weblink: www.pretermbirth.info.

 

An accompanying podcast about the e-learning resource and about the educational needs of preterm born children more generally has also been released by the TES. This can be accessed here:

https://www.tes.com/news/should-teachers-be-told-if-pupil-was-born-preterm

 

Please email Professor Johnson’s team at prism@le.ac.uk if you would like any further information or would like to provide any feedback about the resource.

 

How to refer to PDSS

Download PDSS Service Documents Below:

Download - PDSS Support Offer Document Download - PDSS Referral and Criteria Document

Training

Course Title  
Getting ready for school – Parents 17/06/2021
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in the Early Years 05/07/2021
Including Pupils with Physical Difficulties in the Early years Part 1 and Part 2 07/07/2021

16/9/2021

Including Pupils with Cerebral Palsy –  Hemiplegia in Primary School 14/09/2021
Including Pupils with Cerebral Palsy – Hemiplegia in Secondary School 19/10/2021
Including Pupils with Short Stature in School 23/09/2021
Including Pupils with Physical Difficulties in Early Years 6/10/2021
Including Pupils with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Primary School 11/10/2021
Including Pupils with a Neuromuscular Condition in School 21/10/2021
Including Pupils with Physical Difficulties in P.E in Primary School 02/11/2021
Including Pupil with Cerebral Palsy – Diplegia in Secondary School 09/11/2021
P.E clinics Secondary and Primary Please see flyer for details
Including pupils with physical difficulties in Primary Mainstream Schools  11/11/2021
Including Pupils with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Secondary School TBC
Including Pupils with Juvenile Idopathic Arthritis in School 16/11/2021
Using Clicker to support pupils with Physical Difficulties 25/11/2021
Including Pupils with Cerebral Palsy – Diplegia in Primary School 17/01/2022
IIncluding Pupils with Hypermobility in School 31/01/2022