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Zach’s story

Photo: Zach's Teacher of the Deaf has supported him throughout mainstream school

Teachers of the Deaf can make a big difference to a deaf child’s education. When Zach started at his local mainstream school, his Teacher of the Deaf supported him with his communication and learning. Zach’s Mum, Kirsty, said:

“He started reception with less than 100 words in his vocabulary, but he’s achieved more than anyone believed possible. He’s achieved the national average or above in every single academic area.

“Every year our Teacher of the Deaf has gone into school and trained everyone working with Zach that year on what he needs and in deaf awareness. She also comes in every week and works directly with him, in class and one-to-one.

“She also works with his class teacher on how to make upcoming lessons accessible for Zach and assists with risk assessments for school trips, especially residentials, so he can participate like everyone else. He also gets a Speech and Language Therapist once a week, which has helped him thrive in a mainstream school and makes developing friendships easier. The Special Needs Co-ordinator has also made sure he’s had every opportunity that other children have had.”

We want to make sure every child gets the same support that helped Zach. Take part in Teacher of the Deaf Week and help us campaign for more support for deaf children in schools.