Courses and events for professionals working with deaf children

This page lists events and courses organised by the National Deaf Children's Society as well as those run by other organisations.

NDCS education workshops

We're running a series of free workshops in spring 2016 for education professionals on assessments and deaf children who are underachieving. To find out more and book your place, download our flyers below. 

Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. 

Assessments workshops 

  • Cardiff - 4 March 2016
  • Glasgow - 8 March 2016

Flyer and booking form for assessments workshops (231 kb) [doc]

Underachievement workshops

This is a new workshop which will provide education professionals with an opportunity to look in detail at deaf children and young people who are not achieving the expected levels of progress. The workshop will present the findings from recent research on deaf children who underachieve and also on the experiences of children with a mild or moderate hearing loss. Places are still available at:

  • Belfast - 29 February 2016

Flyer and booking form for underachievers workshop (234 kb) [doc]


Healthy Minds - training to professionals

Our Healthy Minds programme explores good emotional health and well-being for deaf young people. We train professionals to deliver the series of sessions for deaf children with an emphasis on deaf young people finding their own solutions to the problems they may encounter. We believe this provides life-long learning tools. Tackling issues such as low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety, Healthy Minds encourages young deaf people to use positive strategies for dealing with change, managing their deafness, developing their self-esteem and confidence and building a repertoire of social skills.

Six sessions cover the following topics:

  • What is a healthy mind?
  • Developing good emotional well-being
  • Support mechanisms and looking after your body
  • Identity – Who am I?
  • Owning and managing deafness
  • I’m okay being deaf

People attending the training courses range from Teachers of the Deaf and teaching assistants to speech and language therapists, youth workers, paediatricians and clinical psychologists.  

Healthy Minds training

Healthy Minds - Coventry 10 March 2016  [pdf]

Healthy Minds (Stoke) 17 March 2016 [pdf]


Bespoke workshops

Bespoke workshops  to meet your service’s specific needs are also available including on, for example, morphology, working memory, assessments, creating good listening environments, meeting the needs of children with mild or moderate hearing loss and implementing SEN reform and understanding what a good Education, Health and Care plan looks like. Contact for more information. 


e-Learning opportunities

  • Unlocking opportunities, developed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission aims to provide education professionals with information about the Equality Act 2010 and how to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children in education.  
  • Disability Matters is a free e-learning resource for the UK workforce with more than 57 modules that help challenge and positively change our own and others fears, ideas and attitudes towards disability and disabled children and young people. Includes Deaf Communication Matters focusing on improving access to services and communication with deaf children and young people.
  • Various eLearning courses, now with BAA CPD points, visit AudiologyOnline.
  • American Academy of Audiology eAudiology offers online live and on-demand seminars, many free of charge.
  • British Society of Audiology 'Lunch and Learn' lectures - recorded lectures in association with Phonak, with the opportunity to email speakers during a limited period of time following talk.
  • Cochlear Academy offer a series of online presentations that have BAA CPD points about their cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids and accessories.
  • Department of Health in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies, visit E-Learning for Healthcare.
  • The Ear Foundation E-Learning modules and recorded presentations.
  • The Ida Institute offer modules through their e-Learning Lab which have BAA CPD points.
  • Live International Otolaryngology Network (LION) A Worldwide video conferencing network dedicated to Otolaryngology.
  • Recorded lectures given by international speakers are available to watch on Phonak eLearning site.
  • To download presentations and view webcasts from previous Phonak conferences.
  • Effective amplification for infants and children,  CPD or MSc level module, University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences. 


Post-graduate study


Short courses and conferences during 2016


Short courses and conferences during 2017


Other courses

If you run courses and events for professionals who work with deaf children and their families, and would like to tell NDCS members about them, please email