Physical Needs Team

Physical Needs Team






Contact List



Team Leader and Contact:

Deborah Craig


 Specialist Teachers

Julie Vaughan


Ann Tolan


Ann Gabriel



Caroline Plum



Department of Children's Services

Physical & Medical Team 
Margaret McMillan Tower, Floor 3
Prince's Way,

Tel: 01274 439500





 About Us

 Physical Needs Team

The team consists of specialist teachers who provide a service for children and their parents in mainstream schools and settings, including the home.

We support children with a range of physical needs and medical conditions within the age range birth to 25 years in accordance with the Matrix of Need for Bradford. 

Children are referred via the form below or through notification from health professionals via an EA1 Form.

Children/ Students may have difficulties in the following areas:

  • Specific physical and medical conditions.
  • Accessing the curriculum because of constraints of physical disability.
  • Movement around school.
  • Fine motor skills (handwriting, pencil control, and scissor skills).
  • Gross motor skills (P.E. and co-ordination).
  • Self-help skills (continence issues, dressing etc). 

Range of Service

We give advice on the following:

  • Transition across school phases and between settings
  • Range of facilities and accessibility of different schools.
  • Specialist and adapted equipment.
  • Making buildings and the curriculum accessible.
  • Pupil specific resources for IT.
  • On meeting manual handling needs of pupils.

 Support given

  • Loan of specialist equipment.
  • Ensure appropriate facilities and / or programmes are in place to meet the physical / medical needs of the child in conjunction with health professionals.
  • Ensure a personal care policy / medical care plan is in place if necessary.
  • Contribute to statutory assessment procedures.
  • Attend and contribute to Annual Review.
  • Advise on differentiation, teaching strategies and resources.
  • Contribute to short term targets.  
  • Liaise with outside agencies, parents and school staff.
  • Accompany parents on school visits. 
  • Manual handling training for staff

Our Vision

“Our vision is to provide high quality support for all Bradford children and young people using a collaborative approach through transformational learning experiences so that they can flourish and make excellent holistic progress and successfully transition to responsible citizens”


Referral form

The form for referring children can be found here Referral Form. Our 30 minute Hub sessions are also available to book via the Skills4bradford Website .

Before subitting a referral please take a look at our advice sheets and information below.


Would you like to find out how your school or early years setting could work towards achieving Bradford's Physical Friendly Setting Award? See the information below and contact the team to express your interest.

Physical Friendly Setting Flyer

Physical Friendly Setting Accreditation


School Advice Sheets


Transition to Secondary School Advice Sheet 


Recording work

Clicker in the Classroom

Supporting Fine and Gross Motor Skills to develop Handwriting

Supporting Students who have Difficulties Recording their own Work- SENDCO Advice

What Can I do if it is Difficult to Record My Work?- Student Advice

Touch Typing Tips


Self help and independence skills

Wheelchair Handling Guidance 

Daily Living Skills Advice Sheet

Daily Living Skills Checklist

Pre-dressing Skills

Intimate Care Guidance

Guidance for nappy or pad changing


Risk assessments and P.E.E.Ps

Risk Assessments for students with Physical & Medical Needs

Writing a PEEP: Toolkit for mainstream settings

Top Tips for Writing a PEEP


Information about conditions

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

What is Hemiplegia?


Parent Advice

Transition for children with physical needs- PowerPoint Presentation

Apps for Handwriting and Fine Motor at home

Helping handwriting at home - document

Helping handwriting at home - PowerPoint Presentation

Fine motor activities to help handwriting at home

Videos for fine motor activities at home (Large file may take a short time to open)

Videos for hand warm up exercises (Large file may take a short time to open)

Touch Typing at home

Clicker 8 at home

Gross motor activities to help handwriting at home

Youth Sports Trust P.E. at Home ideas

Links to more Resources and Information  

Pdnet: a network for those supporting learners with physical difficulties containing a wealth of resources, forums covering a wide range of topics and online training. 

Changing places- accessible toileting facilities across the U.K.: 

Epilepsy Action Charity: factshets and online training 

Muscular Dystrophy UK Charity:

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support 

Backup Trust : Spinal Cord Injury Information

Headway The Brain Injury Association

Levi Star Supporting Children with Brain Tumors

SCOPE Disability Equality Charity

Cerebral Palsy Sport- information about frame football, boccia, cricket and wheelchair basketball

N.Q.T. Condition specific videos

Shine Charity Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus information for schools: 

Mixed Ability Sport in Bradford 

Brittle Bones Society Charity information for schools

Dyspraxia Foundation information for schools

Nerve Tumours UK Charity

Reach Charity:  Supporting children affected by upper limb difference

Restricted Growth Association UK:




Useful links 


Local Offer Bradford

Skills4bradford Website











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