The PLSA service provides peripatetic support to pupils on a one-to-one basis, from 5 to 16 years of age in mainstream schools, who have a physical disability or visual impairment. These pupils will have a statement of special educational needs. At times, PLSAs will also provide support for other children in schools.
The PLSA team has a specialist set of skills with staff receiving regular training to enable them to support pupils with a variety of physical disabilities or visual impairments. All staff have first aid qualifications and manual handling. Some have additional specialist skills including evac chair training, buccal midazolam, gastric feeding, resuscitation training, Braille, makaton and inclusive sport and PE training. If a need is identified members of the team will gain experience and training to enable the pupil to access the curriculum in all areas.
Staff also implement individualise therapy programmes as directed, working with multi agency teams and parents. Where needed the team can give advice to other school staff in areas such as risk assessments for school visits or health and safety. When requested, a PLSA will prepare and write reports and attend Annual Reviews.
The PLSA team is managed by Clarendon School and can be contacted on 0208 941 4363 or by emailing Rosemary Clarke, the Assistant Head Teacher and Team Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.