Education resources

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

E-flyer for education professionals

This e-flyer includes links to our free information resources and information on how we can support education professionals. It will be updated regularly.  

Education Professionals E-flyer (362 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 cover 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


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 resources aim to improve teenagers’ understanding of deafness.


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. 


Phonics guidance

Phonics is recognised as a key tool in the acquisition of literacy skills for all children and should be made accessible to deaf children. Phonics is best described as the relationship between written letters and their spoken sounds.

This booklet is aimed at professionals. Families interested in phonics may find our factsheet Phonics and the Development of Your Child’s Reading and Writing Skills useful.


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.


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.


Protecting specialist educational services for deaf children - advice to local authorities

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.


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 be found on the NatSIP website.  

The previous quality standards for deaf children, developed in 2009, have now been archieved and are included below for reference only.


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. 


Model Service Level Agreement

NDCS has developed a template model service level agreement (SLA) for use where funding for a resource provision for deaf children in England has been delegated to a school.

Model Service Level Agreement for the delegation of a resource provision for deaf children to a school (154 kb) [doc]


Quality Standards for the use of personal FM systems

The document is aimed at those who commission services and at practitioners including paediatric audiologists, educational audiologists, Teachers of the Deaf and parents interested in the use of personal FM systems.

QS FM IntroductionProf (1982 kb) [pdf]


Education information for families