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Webinar: Supporting Learners with Low-Incidence SEND

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  • 10 Mar 2022
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This session looks at how practitioners can support children and young people with Sensory Impairment or Physical Disability through the use of assistive technology to ensure all learners are able to achieve the best possible outcomes.

This session features guest speakers Jane Sharp, Hannah Brown and Teresa Quail. 

Session Objectives:

  • Understanding the prevalence of low incidence needs and common misconceptions
  • Effective use of assistive technology for children and young people with low incidence needs
  • Understanding the importance of student voice and preferences for CYP with Low incidence needs
  • Signposting to professional/expert input for Low incidence needs


To assist practitioners looking for materials to support with a specific need, the recording of this session has been divided into three sections, focusing on Visual Impairment, Physical Disability and Hearing Impairment. A transcript of the recording focusing on Hearing Impairment is available below.

Suitable for: Newly Qualified Teacher, Teacher, Teaching Assistant

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Jane Sharp

Jane Sharp began her career in education as a science teacher before training to become a Qualified Teacher for Vision Impairment. She has worked as a QTVI for 20 years, both in a secondary resource base and as a peripatetic teacher in mainstream schools. Assistive technology, with its potential to enable children and young people to become independent learners, is an area of special interest and she regularly delivers training on this topic for VI education organisations. 

Jane is currently chair of VIEW, the professional association for the vision impairment education workforce, whose aim is to support professionals to support the children and young people with VI that they work with.

Teresa Quail

Teresa Quail is a Qualified Teacher of  the Deaf and Educational Audiologist. She works part-time as a co-National Executive Officer and Magazine Editor with the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD). BATOD is the sole professional association for Teachers of the Deaf in the UK. The Association represents the interests of Teachers of the Deaf and the children and young people they teach with a range of Government and other agencies. The Association supports Teachers of the Deaf and organises CPD courses and national and regional meetings to provide relevant up-to-date information and to disseminate good practice. 

Teresa was the Head of the Specialist Teaching Service in a local authority in England maintaining an active caseload across the 0-25 age range. During the pandemic she worked part-time in a secondary school resource base in England. She will soon be commencing a peripatetic QToD role in Northern Ireland.

Hannah Brown

Hannah is a pdnet Champion, active member of pdnet Midlands’s regional group, and, Advisory Teacher for Physical Disability, 0-25 years. She has over 30 years of experience of mainstream and special education sectors  as a SENCO, Teacher, Conductive Educator and Advisory Teacher. Passionate about successful inclusion, she has contributed to work streams at a local, county, regional and national level to develop policy, practice and training which contributes to better outcomes for CYP with physical disability. Hannah is also experienced in working closely with others (e.g. learners, parents, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists) to upskill school staff and build their confidence so that children and young people with PD  who use assistive technology are well supported in school.

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