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Education resources for managers

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View our quality standards, guidance documents and other resources for education managers and decision-makers on the needs of deaf children.

Local Offer guidance

The Local Offer provides local authorities with an opportunity to provide clear information to local parents of deaf children and young people on the support that is available to them where they live. Our briefing sets out our understanding of what information local authorities will be required to publish and provides advice on how this might be made relevant to deaf children.

Advice to local authorities on the Local Offer

Separately, a report by the I-Sign consortium provides case studies on how the Local Offer has been used to share information about sign language provision.

Using Local Offers to Find BSL Provision

Personal budgets

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) have developed guidance for local authority commissioners on the implications of Personal Budgets for children with sensory impairments.

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Joint commissioning

The National Sensory Impairment Partnership have developed guidance on joint commissioning of services for children with sensory impairment.

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Specialist educational services for deaf children: advice to local authorities

The guide is for directors of children’s services and other local decision-makers in England. 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.

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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 in England. This advice is intended mainly for commissioners of provision in local authorities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

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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. 

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We have also developed a self-audit tool to support evaluation and review of early years services for deaf children.

Download the self-audit tool

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 resource 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. 

Download it now (English)

Download it now (Welsh)

We have also produced a self-evaluation tool which we hope will be helpful to heads of resource provisions. 

Download the self evaluation tool (English)

Download the self evaluation tool (Welsh) 

Quality Standards for the use of personal radio aids

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.

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Please note that this is the introductory part of the publication. All other sections are available from the FM Working Group website.

Other education resources

These resources have been developed by the Government or other organisations for education professionals that may be helpful for your work with deaf children.

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