Useful links - education

Useful links to education-related organisations for professionals working with deaf children and their families.

Association of Deaf Education Professionals and Trainees (Adept)

The aims of adept are to improve the services in educational settings for deaf people at all ages and to enable deaf learners to access quality support provision in their chosen courses and in their preferred communication mode, with appropriately qualified staff and fair assessment procedures. 

British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD)

The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) is the sole professional association for Teachers of the Deaf.  

Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre

The Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre is based at University College London and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  DCAL brings together leading Deaf and hearing researchers in the fields of sign linguistics, psychology, and  neuroscience.

Department for Education (England)

The Department for Education is responsible for children and education services in England.

Ear Foundation

The Ear Foundation provides services which bridge the gap between the clinics where cochlear implants are fitted and the local community where they are used in everyday life.

Early Support

The Early Support programme ran from 2002 to 2015 with the aim to improve the way that services work with parents and carers of disabled children and young people from birth to adulthood across health, education and social care.

Education Scotland

Education Scotland is the national body in Scotland for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching.

Enquire - The Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for Learning

Enquire is the Scottish independent advice and information service for additional support for learning (special educational needs). It is managed by Children in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

Estyn - School inspection and educational training in Wales

Estyn is the office of Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales. It is independent of, but funded by, the National Assembly for Wales.

Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal integrating and coordinating basic and applied research relating to individuals who are deaf, including cultural, developmental, linguistic, and educational topics.

Mary Hare courses

The Mary Hare training programme includes courses for education professionals, audiologists, health visitors, and social care professionals.

National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP)

NatSIP is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment. 


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services in England that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Preparing for Adulthood (PfA)

The Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) is funded by the Department for Education in England as part of the delivery support for the SEN and disability reforms.

Scottish Sensory Centre

The Scottish Sensory Centre  aims to foster educational, research and development activities relating to children and young people with a sensory impairment in Scotland.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT)

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional body for speech and language therapists and support workers.

Scottish Government - Education and Training

The home page for the Education and Training section of the the Scottish Government website.

Welsh Assembly Government - Education and Skills

The Welsh Assembly promote lifelong learning from early years through to adult learning to help to improve opportunities for people at all stages of life, through Welsh and English, from school through college and university to workplace training.