Here we have listed some useful contact details for educational organisations.
If there are any inaccurate details please get in touch with Helpline@ndcs.org.uk
Considering schools for your child is a big decision, as it is essential that the school you decide on can meet your child’s special educational needs. Here we have listed the deaf specialist schools in the UK and also helpful checklist.
ACE provided independent advice on state education for children between 5-16 (England/Wales only). Their Helpline closed in October 2012 but they are continuing to provide information and advice through their website. They also provide education training to professionals.
Professional association of teachers of deaf people. Provides information, advice, training and education and runs conferences and workshops. Produces a magazine and 'Deafness and Education International'- a refereed journal.
21, Keating Close
Kent ME1 1EQ
Tel: 0845 643 5181
DELTA is a nationwide support group of teachers and parents of deaf children. DELTA provides support, information and advice to guide parents in helping their children develop normal speech and to live independently within a hearing society. There are regional branches that hold regular meetings and conferences. DELTA also runs courses for parents and families including summer schools for parents with hearing impaired children.
Site of the government department responsible for education and schools.
Department of Education
Castle View House
Tel: 0370 000 2288
They can provide advice to disabled students who are studying in England and support students who are studying in Wales and Scotland with general information on the Equality Act, welfare benefits and access to Higher Education. They also give advice on post-16 education and training enquiries from disabled students or professionals working with disabled students.
This is a UK-based membership organisation which provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children.
PO Box 325
Tel: 0845 478 6345
Email: via online form
Established for over 125 years, Gabbitas is uniquely placed to offer parents and students friendly, independent, expert advice on the selection of suitable schools and on all stages of education, from pre-school to post-university, as well as jobhunting and careers. Each year Gabbitas helps thousands of parents and students in the UK and abroad.
Gabbitas Educational Consultants
30 Charles II Street
Tel: 020 7734 0161
Fax: 020 7437 1764
Email: via online form
A registered charity offering a free and independent advice and advocacy service for parents of children with special educational needs.
With offices UK wide representing England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Signed Stories website is making hundreds of children’s stories accessible in British Sign Language (BSL), as well as with text, pictures and sound.
The site aims to help improve the literacy of deaf children nationwide by allowing them to share in the joy of storytelling. It’s also designed to provide useful advice and guidance for the parents, carers and teachers of deaf children; and for the deaf parents of hearing children.
The London Television Centre
Tel: 08448 814 150
Provides an opportunity for debate and information exchange amongst awarding bodies, enables collective responses to national issues and facilitates collective discussion with teachers and other stakeholders.
Promotes the development of children and young people with special educational needs and supports those who work with them. Organises local, regional and national events throughout the UK, publishes four journals, a magazine and a wide range of publications.
Tel: 01827 311500
Fax: 01827 313005
The leading educational charity specialising in the early years, providing practical support to over 15,000 early years settings and nearly 800,000 young children and their families each year. Supports the active involvement of parents in their children's early education and offers a range of products and services including specialist publications, childcare provision, information and advice, quality assurance, campaigning, research, training and family programmes.
The Fitzpatrick Building
188 York Way
Tel: 020 7697 2599
Fax: 020 7700 0324
Email: via online form
Rathbone is a charity working in Scotland, England and Wales, giving young people who are experiencing significant disadvantages the right opportunities to learn and to achieve. We do this through our 69 centres and projects. Supporting over 12,000 young people and adults every year.
56 Oxford Street
Manchester M1 6EU
Tel: 0800 731 5321
Fax: 0161 238 6356
Skill was a national voluntary organisation that aimed to develop opportunities for people with disabilities and learning difficulties in post-16 education, training, employment and volunteering. In April 2011 Skill closed but their information resources remain on line. Disability Rights UK (www.disabilityrightsuk.org) have also taken over some of their services including updated information booklets and a Helpline service.