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Sensory Inclusion Service



The Sensory Inclusion Service (SIS) is a joint service between Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and Health. We support children and young people who have a hearing and/or visual impairment, or a multi-sensory impairment.

We aim to provide a wide range of support to ensure children and young people have:

  • a good quality of life,
  • achieve their academic potential,
  • are included in their local community.

Who are we?

SIS is made up of two teams of educational specialists: hearing impairment and visual impairment (VI).

Theresa robinson team leaderTheresa Robinson is the Team Leader for SIS and also a Teacher of the Deaf.

Hearing Impaired Team

Lead Teachers: 
Nichola coombes lead teacher of the deaf Nichola Coombes (ToD)
Ruth lawton Ruth Lawton (ToD)                                                                     


Mark Mark Rutter

Visually Impaired Team

Lead Teacher: 
Robert tipton Rob Tipton (QTVI)

Access Support Assistants: 
Helen mcdonald Helen Macdonald
Vernon webb Vernon Webb
Claire wilson Claire Wilson

Teachers of the Deaf or Qualified Teachers of Visually Impaired ToDs or QTVIs

Peter bridger Peter Bridger (ToD) 
Mary Mary Brotherton (ToD) 
Gill dorricott Gill Dorricott (QTVI)
David galbraith David Galbraith (ToD)
Christina graham Christina Graham (ToD)
Rachel king Rachel King (ToD)
Louise kitson Louise Kitson (TVI)
Ellie miles Eleanor Miles (ToD)
Hazel power Hazel Power (ToD)
Helen robinson Helen Robertson (ToD)
Hazel snape Hazel Snape (ToD)
Linda webb Linda Webb (QTVI)

 Emma Jeffries (TVI)

Sensory Inclusion Facilitator (supports children and young people with hearing and visual impairments)

Nicky Clarke

SIS Team Photo



Who do we support?

SIS supports children and young people with hearing and/or visual difficulties and their families from birth to 25 (if they are still in Further Education).

The amount of support or involvement we have depends on the level of need, which can change over time. We use the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) eligibility framework to guide decisions about levels of support. For some children this may mean weekly support and for some this may mean a monitoring yearly visit.

What do we do?

We support children and young people and their families from the moment of diagnosis, until they leave further education. We support:

-At home (particularly in the Early Years)

-In Early Years settings

-In Educational Settings

-In Further Education (6th forms and colleges)

Our work includes:

  • Assessment and identification of needs (including supporting the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Annual Reviews).
  • Advice, support and training to ensure educational settings know how to meet the needs of children and young people with hearing and/or visual impairments.
  • Working 1:1 with children and young people, which may include some direct teaching where appropriate.
  • Advising educational settings about planning, modifications of materials and support strategies (depending on level of need).

Who can access the service?

We accept referrals primarily from health agencies. If you are a parent or educational setting and would like clarification around whether your child/a child you support should be referred to SIS, please contact and a member of the team will be happy to advise you.

How do I contact the Sensory Inclusion Service?

You can contact the Sensory Inclusion Service by phone or email:

Phone - 01952 385269
Email -

Sensory Inclusion Service
Telford and Wrekin Local Authority
Floor 6 Darby House
Lawn Central
Telford Town Centre

SIS Review - Joint Statement from Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire Councils


Click here to download the latest Hearing Impaired Newsletter

Click here to download the latest Visual Impairment Newsletter

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