How school staff can help your child achieve their potential

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Many children with a hearing loss have positive experiences at school. However, this is not always the case. Teachers and other staff might need help in supporting your deaf child achieve their potential. You can help by passing on our 'Supporting the achievement of deaf children' guides to your child’s teacher or other school staff.

My child is at primary school

‘Supporting the achievement of deaf children in primary school’ aims to make it easier for anyone working with deaf children in primary school to ensure that their deaf pupils feel fully included and any gaps in attainment with hearing children are closed.

The guide has tips about:

  • understanding the needs of deaf children
  • making sure the environment is suitable for deaf children’s needs
  • ensuring the necessary support and learning strategies are in place so that lessons are fully accessible
  • making sure any hearing technology used is working to its maximum potential
  • enabling deaf children to feel fully included in all areas of their school life
  • knowing where to go for advice.

Download: Supporting the achievement of deaf children in primary schools

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My child is at secondary school

'Supporting the achievement of deaf children in secondary school’ is for all members of staff who work with deaf pupils in a secondary school.

The guide gives tips about:

  • ensuring teaching strategies engage deaf pupils in learning, enabling them to develop key skills in communication, reading, writing and mathematics
  • making sure deaf pupils make sustained progress, and attainment gaps compared with other pupils are narrowed
  • ensuring the curriculum provides positive experiences for deaf pupils, offering well organised, imaginative and effective opportunities for learning and a broad range of experiences that contribute to their achievement and development.

Download: Supporting the achievement of deaf children in secondary schools

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My child is at a special school

'Supporting the achievement of hearing impaired children in special schools' is for anyone who works with deaf pupils in a special school.

The guide gives tips about:

  • understanding deafness and how it impacts on a child’s ability to accessteaching and learning
  • ensuring the effective use of hearing equipment
  • creating a good listening and learning environment
  • knowing how to communicate effectively with a deaf child
  • adapting teaching and learning strategies to ensure the curriculum is accessible.

Download: Supporting the achievement of hearing impaired children in special schools

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