What does the service do?
The Sensory Inclusion Service (SIS) works in Wolverhampton with:
- children and young people from 0 to 19 with a medically diagnosed hearing or a visual impairment
- their families and carers
- their schools or early years settings
For more information on types of hearing and eye conditions please click here
We follow statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice
We do this by:
- supporting families from diagnosis of hearing loss or eye condition by giving advice and guidance to carers, settings and school - For more information on who we support click here.
- assessing functional hearing and vision and giving audiological support
- supporting settings and schools and providing in-service training
- teaching one to one and small groups of children
- providing educational advice for Educational Health and Care Plans
- offering support for transition to adult services
- specialist playgroup - for parent guidelines for the weekly sensory playgroup please click here.
- signing and Braille classes
habilitation assessment and training for children and young people with visual impairment.
For more information about habilitation please click here
The outcomes we strive to achieve include:
- Raising expectations and achievements for children and young people with hearing and vision loss.
- Increasing awareness of the adaptations to teaching and strategies needed to support young people with hearing and vision loss.
- Supporting and empowering families, children and young people to understand and accept the implications of their sensory impairment
- Helping children and young people with sensory impairments to become independent learners and be prepared for adult life.
What skills or training do our staff have?
Our teachers have additional training and hold the Mandatory Qualifications for Teachers of Hearing and Visual Impairment (Teacher of the Deaf, QTVI).
We also have specialist Teaching Assistants, an Educational Audiologist, a Deaf Tutor and a Registered Habilitation Specialist. For more information about the role of a Teacher of the Deaf and QTVI the video links below may help:
We work with other professionals and organisations and some useful contacts for hearing and visual impairment can be found in our downloads section.
How do we keep in touch?
- We provide a record of our visit to both parents and settings.
- Annual reports and targets and evaluations.
- Reports for Education, Health and Care plan reviews.
- A range of satisfaction survey questionnaires.
- Review meetings.
- When required interpreters can be arranged for assessments
We can provide materials in Braille.
How do I give a compliment or make a complaint?
In the first instance contact the Head of Service.
SIS follows Wolverhampton City Council’s complaints and compliments procedure. See the links below.