Support for schools and early years settings
Within 5 working days of the referral (or 24 hours for newly diagnosed children from the new-born hearing screening programme), a Teacher of the Deaf will arrange an appointment to visit the school or early years setting to carry out an assessment of the child or young person.
Schools will also be supported with:
- Advice in respect of differentiation of academic work
- Access to an Educational audiologist
- Access to a British Sign Language (BSL) as appropriate
- Equipment to facilitate access to learning
- Advice with regard to reasonable adjustments to the physical environment in the school
- Review meetings as required
- Training to staff to support learning
- Direct teaching support through a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (QTOD) as deemed appropriate.
- Advice and support for exams as appropriate
- Initial advice and deaf awareness training to the staff employed by the school or early years setting
Support for parents
Parents may be supported with::
- Access to a Teacher of the Deaf
- Training for the use of specialist auditory equipment
- Training for hearing aid/auditory implant management and maintenance to facilitate speech, language and communication development
Support for children and young people
The child or young person will be supported directly with:
- Teaching support through a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (as deemed appropriate)
- Help to develop their independent audiological management skills
- Access to an Educational Audiologist
- Tuition from a British Sign Language tutor as needed
Specialist support units in Northamptonshire
There is a specialist unit at Vernon Terrace Primary School in Northampton which can support up to 11 students and at Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton who can support up to 15 secondary age students.
Children attending this special provision will have a
statement of special educational need or an education, health and care Plan.
Who is in the team?
The support team for deaf children and young people includes:
- Teachers of the Deaf
- Teachers of the Deaf with additional specialist qualification supporting children with multi-sensory impairments
- An educational audiologist.
- Deaf instructor
- Early years team
- Access and communication support workers
- Speech and language therapists