Raising the Bar

We are looking for deaf young people who are the performing stars of today!


Raising the Bar Logo

The ‘Raising the Bar’ project was developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society in 2015 to drive expectations of what deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve in dance and music.

See below for an amazing short film where our 12 stars from 2015 tell you about their experience!

In January 2016, we were incredibly excited to launch the competition for Raising the Bar 2016! The competition was open to deaf young people between the age of 8 and 18, who are skilled in dance, music and drama. We asked deaf children and young people from all over the UK to send in a video of their performance skills and a record breaking 24 lucky winners received a place at a masterclass directed by leading deaf professionals in the industry, at the prestigious mac birmingham in the West Midlands.

The event was a huge success, a huge congratulations to all of our 24 young stars of 2016. We are now planning Raising the Bar 2017! Please watch this space for details on how to apply in the New Year.

Raising the Bar 2015 Film

How to enter Raising the Bar

**Please note the 2016 competition has now closed** 


Please watch this space for details in the New Year, on how to enter Raising the Bar 2017.



Music and Performing Arts resources

We have a number of resources that are available to support professionals working with deaf children and young people.

How to make music activities accessible for deaf children and young people.pdf (1189 kb) [pdf]


Music exams - Information on the adaptations available for deaf young candidates (327 kb) [pdf]


Making arts activities deaf friendly.pdf (2555 kb) [pdf]


Making arts venues deaf friendly.pdf (1565 kb) [pdf]


If you would like more information or some extra support, please contact the Inclusive Activities Team at me2@ndcs.org.uk.


Glossary Terms

Me2 deaf-friendly activities