MSI – Multi-Sensory-Impariment

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Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI) refers to a combination of both visual impairment (VI) and hearing impairment (HI). Pupils may suffer from varying degrees of visual and hearing impairment, perhaps combined with learning difficulties and physical disabilities, which can cause severe communication, developmental and educational problems’

Bespoke teaching approaches

Pupils with MSI have much greater difficulties in accessing the curriculum and the environment than those with a single sensory impairment.  They have difficulties in perception, communication and in the acquisition of information.  Incidental learning is limited.  The combination can result in high anxiety and multi-sensory deprivation.  Pupils need teaching approaches which make good use of their residual hearing and vision, together with their other senses.  They may need alternative means of communication.

Range of opportunities

We are always looking for SEN Teachers with experience of teaching pupils with sensory impairments for a range of opportunities across London and the South East. If you would like to be considered for these roles, please register your interest. To check whether we have any opening presently, please check out our MSI Teaching Jobs within current SEN vacancies.


The Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications, England) Regulations 2003 stipulate that, in addition to holding qualified teacher status (QTS), a person employed at a school as a teacher of a class of pupils with a hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairment must possess a qualification approved by the Secretary of State, designed to prepare teachers to work effectively with children and young people who have HI, VI or MSI.

Mandatory Qualification

This is known as a mandatory qualification (MQ). A number of institutions – known as mandatory providers – have been approved to award MQs. If you are a qualified teacher and would like more information on obtaining this qualification, please see the following link

Gain qualification

Teachers employed to teach classes of children and young people with a sensory impairment who do not already hold an appropriate MQ are required to gain the qualification within their first three years in post.

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