New and updated resources

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FOR FAMILIES

Our latest new and updated resources for families.

Families magazine

New magazine
Audience:
Families
Language:
English      

Families magazine summer 2016 (credit: NDCS)

Families is a quarterly magazine for families with deaf children. It's packed with real-life stories, news, reviews, updates on our campaigning and fundraising work, event listings and interviews with families, deaf young people and adult role models.  

Hearing Aids: Information for families

Updated resource
Audience:
Families
Language:
English   

Front cover of hearing aids resource (credit: NDCS)

If an audiologist has suggested your child gets hearing aids you may have lots of questions. This resource will tell you about different types of hearing aids, how to look after them and how your child can get the best out of them.

Download Hearing Aids: Information for families.

Help improve support for deaf children in your area

New resource
Audience:
Families in England
Language:
English     

Image (credit: NDCS)

From May 2016, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting support for children and young people aged 0–25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in England. We've written a factsheet with more information about these inspections and how you can get involved. 

Personal passports and profiles

boy with cochlear implant in classroom (credit: NDCS)

New resource
Audience: Families
Language: English

A personal passport is a document that brings together all the most important information about your son or daughter so that any adult caring for them or working with them can support your child in the best way possible. 

We have created template and example passports for early years (age 0-4), primary (age 5-11) and secondary (age 12-16).

A personal profile is the same as a personal passport, but has been created by the young person themselves rather than their parents.

We have created template and example profiles for secondary and post-16.

For more information and to download the templates and examples go to Personal passports and profiles.

 

Phonics and the Development of Your Child's Reading and Writing Skills

New factsheet
Audience:
Families
Language:
English
Image (credit: NDCS)

This factsheet is for parents of deaf children who would like to know more about phonics, i.e. knowing the letter sounds, and how it can be used to help your child learn to read and write.

It provides background information on how phonics is taught and looks at how you can ensure your child benefits as much as possible from it. 

FOR PROFESSIONALS

Our latest new and updated resources for professionals.

Teaching Phonics to Deaf Children: Guidance for teachers

Updated resource
Audience:
Teaching professionals
Language:
English 

Front cover of Teaching Phonics to Deaf Children resource. (credit: NDCS)

This resource is for anyone who teaches phonics to primary school-aged pupils, such as classroom teachers and teaching assistants.

We hope that this guidance will make it easier to ensure that deaf pupils can access phonics teaching and achieve as much as hearing pupils. It should also help school staff:

  • understand childhood deafness and the needs of deaf pupils
  • understand the challenges deaf pupils face in learning phonics
  • make sure the teaching areas support effective learning
  • ensure the necessary support and learning strategies are put in place so that lessons and activities are accessible for deaf pupils
  • understand general principles for teaching phonics to deaf pupils.

Supporting the Achievement of Hearing Impaired Children in Early Years Settings

Updated resource
Audience:
Teaching professionals
Language:
English 

Front cover of the 2015 edition of Supporting achievement Early years. (credit: NDCS)

This resource aims to help you:

  • understand the needs of the deaf child
  • make sure the environment and activities in your early years setting are accessible for deaf children
  • enable the deaf child to make progress towards achieving early learning goals particularly in the area of language development
  • know where to go for extra support.

Supporting the Achievement of Deaf Children in Primary Schools

Updated resource
Audience:
Teaching professionals
Language:
English

Front cover of the 2015 edition of Supporting achievement Primary. (credit: NDCS)

This resource aims is to help your school narrow any attainment gap that exists on entry to school between deaf and other children. It should help school staff:

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

Supporting the Achievement of Deaf Children in Secondary Schools

Updated resource
Audience:
Teaching professionals
Language:
English

Front cover of Supporting the achievement of deaf children in secondary schools. (credit: NDCS)

This resource provides guidance on ensuring that:

  • teaching strategies engage deaf pupils in learning, enabling them to develop key skills in communication, reading, writing and mathematics
  • deaf pupils make sustained progress, to narrow attainment gaps compared with other pupils
  • 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 spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Supporting the Achievement of Deaf Children in Secondary Schools: a summary

New resource
Audience:
Teaching professionals
Language:
English 

Front cover of the Supporting the Achievement of Deaf Children in Secondary Schools: a summary (credit: NDCS)

A summary flyer, comprising key information from, and to promote, the Supporting the Achievement of Deaf Children in Secondary Schools resource. 

Supporting the Achievement of Deaf Young People in Further Education

Updated resource
Audience:
Teaching professionals
Language:
English

Front cover of the 2015 edition of Supporting achievement Further education. (credit: NDCS)

The aim of this resource is to help staff in further education:

  • make effective provision for deaf students so that they make good progress and develop the independent learning and life skills they will need in adulthood
  • take the reasonable steps required under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that deaf students are not treated less favourably than other students.

It does this by:

  • explaining the implications of deafness on language and learning
    providing advice on how to help a deaf student make a successful transition to college
    describing the measures college staff can take to enable a deaf student to succeed.

Supporting the Achievement of Hearing Impaired Children in Special Schools

Updated resource
Audience:
Teaching professionals
Language:
English

Front cover of Supporting achievement: Special schools. Dec 2015 edition. (credit: NDCS)

This resource will help you to improve outcomes and progress for deaf children and covers the following topics.

  • 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.

Mild hearing loss, major impact

New resources
Audience:
Teaching professionals
Language:
English

Front cover of mild hearing loss booklet (credit: NDCS)

Our Mild hearing loss, major impact resources are aimed at mainstream teachers and explain the major impact a mild hearing loss can have on a child in school.

In our booklet and short, online video we suggest simple things teachers can do to improve the classroom environment for a child with a mild hearing loss, and signs to look out for that could suggest a child has an undiagnosed hearing loss.

Watch the Mild hearing loss, major impact video.

Breaking the Sound Barrier: A guide to recruiting and supporting deaf colleagues

New booklet
Audience:
Employers
Language:
English

Front cover of breaking the sound barrier (credit: NDCS)

A handbook to help employers make sure their recruitment process and workplace are as fair and accessible to deaf young people as possible.

The handbook includes information on:

  •     Deafness
  •     Communication tips
  •     Reasonable adjustments
  •     Communication support
  •     Recruitment
  •     Access to Work
  •     Health and safety.

Supporting deaf young people through transition

Front cover of supporting deaf young people through transition (credit: NDCS)

This resource is for professionals supporting deaf young people in England through transition when they leave school or college – this includes deaf young people with and without an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

The guide has checklist templates, case studies, guidance, references to further information and includes deaf young people’s experiences of transition and their views about how professionals can support them. 

FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Our latest new and updated resources for children and young people.

Personal profiles

teenage girl holding hearing aid (credit: NDCS)

New resource
Audience: Deaf young people
Language: English

A personal profile is a document that brings together all the most important information about you so that anyone teaching or working with you can make sure they’re supporting you in the best way possible.

We have created template and example profiles for secondary school and post-16 settings like college.

For more information and to download the templates and examples go to Personal profiles

 

How to stay safe and smart online

New resource
Audience:
Deaf young people
Language:
English 

First page of How to be safe and smart online flyer (credit: NDCS)

A flyer for secondary school age children, full of ideas and suggestions for using the internet and social media safely.

It signposts to support for children and young people who are experiencing cyberbullying or have concerns about content they have found, or people who are contacting them, online.

This flyer was produced in partnership with Childnet International.

Transition meetings and how to prepare for them

New factsheet
Audience:
Deaf young people
Language:
English

Factsheet (credit: NDCS)

Information for deaf young people aged 13+ on what 'transition' means, transition meetings and how to prepare for them, and why they're important for planning for their futures. 

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) factsheet for deaf young people

Updated factsheet
Audience:
Deaf young people
Language:
English

Factsheet. (credit: NDCS)

Is your child deaf and aged 16 or over? Give them our factsheet to read on PIP and the changes to DLA.