Raising the Bar

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


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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 will receive a place at a masterclass directed by leading deaf professionals in the industry, at the prestigious mac birmingham in the West Midlands.

Please watch this space for more information about our amazing winners. In the meantime, why don't you consider attending the end of event Raising the Bar showcase? See here for details! http://events.ndcs.org.uk/index.php?ref=E56D975EEADB14 

Raising the Bar 2015 Film

How to enter Raising the Bar 2016!

**Please note this competition has now closed** 


We are delighted to launch Raising the Bar 2016. The competition runs from 18 January 2016 - midnight on 6 March 2016.

 If you know of a deaf young person aged between 8 and 18, who has a talent in drama, dance or music, please encourage them to enter by sending us a 1-2 minute video of them performing their skill!

Terms and Conditions, plus a guide on how to set up You Tube are available to download from the competition page.

To enter please go to:



Raising the Bar 2015

The twelve lucky winners of our competition in 2015 were invited to attend a 2 day masterclass and workshop in Birmingham on 24 and 25 May 2015. It was held at The Birmingham REP Theatre.

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A massive well done to each and every young person who took part. You were amazing!

Winners of Raising the Bar masterclass 2015

Each of our winners had an opportunity to meet and be mentored by current successful deaf musicians and dancers: Danny Lane an acclaimed deaf pianist from Music and the Deaf, Ruth Montgomery a very successful deaf flautist and Billy Read and Ava M Blake from world famous Defmotion!

Danny from Music and the Deaf - deaf pianist - Raising the Bar use only Ruth Montgomery - deaf flautist - Raising the Bar use only Billy from Defmotion, deaf dancer - Raising the Bar use only Ava from Defmotion, deaf dancer - Raising the Bar use only 

And finally, at the end of the masterclass, was a chance to take part in a showcase performance to an audience! This was met with a standing ovation!

It was also be a chance to meet other deaf peers with the same interests and we all had a lot of fun. Please share our film widely to show the world what deaf children and young people can achieve in music and dance!

Raising the Bar together


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