Education resources

Scroll down to see our range of education resources for professionals who work with deaf children.

Radio aids in the early years

Our FAQ sets out our response to common issues raised around the provision of radio aids to pre-school deaf children. 

FAQ on radio aids in the early years (459 kb) [pdf]

Our briefing outlines our position on the safe and effective use of radio aids by children aged under 36 months and offers guidance to mitigate against safety hazards.

NDCS briefing - radio aid usage with children under 36 months (86 kb) [pdf]

An example of how services can provide radio aids to pre-school deaf children can be found in a guidance document developed by services in South East London. 

South East London guidance for personal amplification systems for preschool children (164 kb) [pdf]


Supporting the achievement of deaf children

Our 'Supporting the achievement of deaf children' resources aim to support education professionals working in early year settings, primary schools, secondary schools and Further Education.

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Mild hearing loss, major impact

Front of Mild Hearing Loss booklet. (credit: NDCS)

A booklet for mainstream teachers explaining the major impact a mild hearing loss can have on a child in school, and what you can do to support a child with a mild hearing loss in your class.

There is also a Mild hearing loss, major impact video that accompanies this booklet.




Our online Assessments resource provides information to professionals on assessing and monitoring the progress of deaf young people in communication, language, listening, literacy, numeracy, cognitive development and social / emotional development. 


Special educational needs (SEN) reform: resources for professionals (England)

There are a wide range of resources available to support professionals getting to grips with the changes to the special educational needs system in England. Visit our SEN resources page to access information on the Local Offer, Education, Health and Care Plans and Personal Budgets, and more.

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Be Safe and Smart Online

Lesson plans for secondary school teachers

This resource is for teachers, teaching assistants and any other education professional supporting deaf students in secondary schools. It provides information on why deaf children and young people need to be taught about online safety and three lesson plans – on social networking sites, sexting and cyberbullying – to teach them how to be safe and smart online.

There is also a tips flyer How to be Safe and Smart Online for young people and a webpage for parents.

Created in collaboration with Childnet International.


Buddy up! Setting up a peer support scheme for deaf pupils in your school

We have produced two toolkits for teachers to use as a guide to help them set up a peer support scheme for the deaf pupils in primary and secondary schools.

Download: Buddy Up! A guide to setting up a peer support scheme for deaf pupils (Primary) 

Download: Setting up a peer support scheme for deaf young people (Secondary) 

Both toolkits were created as part of the Helping Hands project. Helping Hands is funded by the Big Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. For more information, visit


Bullying and deaf children: A guide for primary and secondary schools

This booklet is for mainstream teachers, special educational needs coordinators, Teachers of the Deaf, teaching assistants, communication support workers or any other education professional working to support deaf pupils in primary and secondary schools. It provides guidance on how schools can adapt existing arrangements for preventing bullying and handling bullying incidents. Resources for parents and young people are also available via

Bullying and Deaf Children: A guide for primary and secondary schools 2466kb

This booklet provides guidance on how schools can adapt existing arrangements for preventing bullying and handling bullying incidents in order to meet the needs of deaf pupils.


Creating good listening conditions for learning in education

We've produced a range of resources to support education professionals in improving acoustics and creating good listening conditions for learning in education. 


Early Years Matters DVD

Early Years Matters is a short film for early years practitioners. It is an introduction to childhood deafness and has been produced to help you when you are working with a deaf child in your playgroup, children's centre or Nursery.

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Here to Learn video clips

Here to Learn is for mainstream school staff who have little or no experience of working with deaf children. It aims to develop their understanding of a deaf child’s needs. The video clips include basic information on the practical steps which school staff can take to be more deaf aware and include deaf children and young people in all aspects of school life.

You can view the video clips online.


Look, Smile, Chat - promoting deaf awareness

The Look, Smile, Chat lesson plans aim to improve teenagers’ understanding of deafness.

Although Look, Smile, Chat was created for secondary aged pupils, teachers are free to use these resources with younger children if they feel it would be appropriate for the children they are working with – professional judgement should be exercised if so. 


Memory and Learning

This online resource aims to support primary school teachers in helping their deaf pupils to develop their working memory.

Watch our video with Lynda, a Teacher of the Deaf, who gives step-by-step instructions on how to use the resource.


Numeracy programme briefing paper

Mathematics: A programme to help primary school teachers develop deaf children's numeracy skills

Image (credit: NDCS)

This briefing is about a programme, published in 2009 by the University of Oxford, which has been found to be effective in improving deaf children's numeracy.

It is intended to be used mainly with deaf children aged 5 to 11, according to the individual child's needs. It consists of 11 units covering the four elements of learning mathematics.


The Secrets of Words - improving deaf children's literacy skills

This online resource is made up of a 10-unit programme of lessons, exercises, games and specially designed books to improve deaf children’s literacy skills by increasing their understanding of English morphology and syntax. It is aimed at helping deaf children who are aged 7–11 years and is most suitable for deaf children who are not performing at the expected level for their age.

Watch our video with Diana, a Teacher of the Deaf, who gives step-by-step instructions on how to use the resource. 


Supporting deaf young people through transition (England)

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.

Word versions of checklist templates included in the guide:

  1. Starting early (for children below Year 9)
  2. Year 9 onwards (for transition meetings)
  3. Post-16 options
  4. Preparing for employment (including apprenticeships)
  5. Preparing for higher education
  6. Preparing for independent living


Teaching Phonics to Deaf Children: Guidance for teachers

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. 

This resource is for teaching professionals. Families interested in phonics may find our factsheet Phonics and the Development of Your Deaf Child’s Reading and Writing Skills useful.

Teaching Phonics to Deaf Children: Guidance for teachers 1632kb

Information for teachers on teaching phonics to deaf children.


Video 'How to' clips for teachers

Teachers of the Deaf Tina, Lynda and Diana give their step-by-step instructions on how to use our teaching resources. Topics include assessments, improving working memory and literacy skills.

See all the videos we have in our YouTube playlist.


Specialist Education Support Services for Deaf Children: Advice for commissioners (England)

The guide is aimed at directors of children’s services and other local decision-makers. It is designed to:

  • Provide information and advice on specialist education services for deaf children and their importance in helping deaf children achieve their potential
  • Remind local decision-makers of the issues and legal requirements that need to be taken into account when proposing any changes to these vital services
  • Correct some common misunderstandings about deafness.

The guide also sets out how NDCS Regional Directors work in partnership with local authorities to meet the needs of local deaf children.

Separately, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership have also produced a checklist for services on how they can align their work with specific requirements of legislation and government guidance.


Specialist provision for hearing impaired children within mainstream schools: advice for commissioners

This briefing sets out what needs to be considered when formulating any proposals to make changes to specialist provision for children with a hearing impairment within mainstream schools. This advice is intended mainly for commissioners of provision in local authorities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


Quality Standards: Early Years Support

These quality standards for commissioners set out how health, education and care providers in England should work together to support deaf children to achieve key outcomes by the time they start school. A self-audit tool is also available.


Quality Standards: Specialist education services

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) have published quality standards for education services for children and young people with sensory impairment in England, along with a quality improvement pack to support services in meeting the new standards.

These resources can also be found on the NatSIP website


Quality Standards: Resource provisions for deaf children and young people

This booklet from NDCS and the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) sets out standards for the operation of resource provisions for deaf children and young people in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK. A self-evaluation tool has also been produced to accompany this resource. 


Template service level agreements/specifications

We've developed a series of template model service level agreements (SLAs) and specifications for commissioners or heads of specialist education services or provision for deaf children in England. 


Quality Standards for the Use of Personal Radio Aids

Front cover of Quality Standards for the Use of Personal Radio Aids 2017 (credit: NDCS)

Personal radio aids can greatly enhance deaf children's learning experiences – this resource sets out the quality standards for a common approach to the timely and appropriate provision and use of radio aids to ensure best outcomes for deaf children.

It's aimed at professionals who commission services and practitioners including, paediatric audiologists, educational audiologists and Teachers of the Deaf, and parents interested in the use of personal radio aids.

The Good Practice Guide, which complements this resource, is currently being revised. The Good Practice Guide is written and produced by the UK Children's FM Working Group, so please check their website at


Download: Quality standards for the use of personal radio aids_2017


What Are You Feeling? Developing emotional literacy in deaf children

Front cover of the What are you feeling? resource. (credit: NDCS)

Deaf children can lack the vocabulary to 'label' their feelings. This workbook is for teachers to work through with children to help them expand their emotional vocabulary so that they can understand and identify how they feel.

What Are You Feeling 2017 4617kb

A workbook for teachers to work through with deaf children to help them understand and identify their emotions.


Education information for families