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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.

Please note that inclusion of these other education resources should not be taken to imply endorsement. Email us at [email protected] if you think there are other helpful resources we can include.

Access arrangements for GCSE English language (2015)

Examination awarding bodies have produced guidance for teachers of children with communication issues and/or hearing needs on arrangements for GCSE English and the spoken language endorsement. We supported the production of this guidance, along with BATOD, RNIB and the Communication Trust.

Guidance for teachers on arrangements for GCSE English Language

Acoustics - guidance and resources

Best practices in family centered intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (2015)

A panel of international experts have developed best practice principles guiding the implementation of family centered early interventions.

Best practices in family centred early intervention

Equality and Human Rights Commission: Unlocking opportunities

Unlocking opportunities is an e-learning resource that aims to provide education professionals with information about the Equality Act 2010 in Great Britain and how to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children in education.

Unlocking opportunities e-learning resource

HMiE and National Deaf Children’s Society - Count Us In: Achieving Success for Deaf Pupils (Scotland) (2007)

We worked with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate in Education (HMiE - now known as Education Scotland) to produce a resource for education professionals in Scotland, with practical examples from primary, secondary and special schools on ensuring that deaf children achieve good outcomes.

Count Us In: Achieving Success for Deaf Pupils

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) guidance (England)

NHS England, working with other organisations such as the Local Government Association and Public Health England, have produced guidance on carrying out JSNAs to understand the prevalence and impact of hearing loss. It aims to support local authorities and NHS commissioners to meet their statutory duties to assess the needs of local populations, advance equality and commission high-quality services. It includes a number of sections on the needs of deaf children.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments Guidance

Learning Wales

This Welsh Government website for education professionals has a specific section with useful documents on additional learning needs.

Learning Wales website

NAFWC 34/2005 - Quality Standards in Educational Services for Children and Young People with Sensory Impairment in Wales (2005)

This Welsh Government circular sets out guidance on the provision of educational services for children and young people with sensory impairment.


National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP)

NatSIP is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment. Their website provides access to a wide range of resources developed by NatSIP, including:

  • Better Assessments, Better Plans, Better Outcomes: A multi-disciplinary framework for the assessment of children and young people with sensory impairment
  • Eligibility framework for scoring support levels
  • Effective working with teaching assistants
  • Think Right, Feel Good - a programme to develop emotional resilience with young people with sensory impairment
  • Guidance on education funding and the Equality Act
  • Quality improvement pack for education services

NatSIP website

Ofsted: Communication is the Key (England) (2012)

This small survey highlights the key factors underpinning effective joint working across agencies with deaf children and the positive impact that this has had on their lives.

Communication is the Key report

Ofsted: Local area inspection handbook (England) (2016)

This resource explains how Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will inspect local area provision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Inspection handbook

Planning and Developing Special Educational Provision (England) (2007)

This statutory guidance explains how local authorities should plan and develop provision for children with special educational needs. Although produced by a previous government, the guidance remains in force.

Planning and Developing Special Educational Provision

Special educational needs (England) - government legislation and guidance

Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for Wales (2004)

The code of practice sets out the statutory duties for assessing those with special educational needs. The Welsh Government is currently reviewing the system for planning support for young people with additional learning needs and a new Code is anticipated when these changes come into place.

Code of Practice (Wales)