Post-14 education and preparing for adulthood
Our resources for education, health and social care professionals who support deaf young people in post-14 support and moving to adulthood.
Many deaf students believe their career options are limited. They don’t know about the career options available to them, accessible routes into work or their right to support in the workplace. But deaf people can be musicians, doctors and electricians – the list is endless.
So that deaf young people are able to achieve their goals, it’s vital they get the support they need from education professionals like you.
We've created a free toolkit and resources for careers advisors, teachers and teachers of the deaf to help you support deaf young people plan for a bright future.
- A detailed toolkit containing eight lesson plans that cover a range of topics and discussions suitable for deaf young people aged 13-25
- A workshop presentation and a range of activity resources to support each lesson
- A supplementary guide and resources on how to adapt the activities for online delivery
- Information on where to find more support for deaf-specific career advice.
Our resource will help professionals supporting all deaf young people in England through transition when they leave school or college. It includes 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.
The aim of this resource is to help staff in further education:
- make effective provision for deaf students so that they make good progress and develop the independent learning and life skills they will need in adulthood
- take the reasonable steps required under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure that deaf students are not treated less favourably than other students.
It does this by:
- explaining the implications of deafness on language and learning
- providing advice on how to help a deaf student make a successful transition to college
- describing the measures college staff can take to enable a deaf student to succeed.
Our resource for apprenticeship training providers gives advice on how to ensure deaf young people can successfully complete their apprenticeship.
This resource for staff working in higher education provides advice on how to support deaf young people in higher education.
These quality standards have been drafted to ensure greater consistency of provision and to improve outcomes for deaf young people. They are supported by case studies and further resources.
Our assessments webpages provide information on the range of different specialist assessments available to professionals working with deaf children in each of the following areas:
- early communication skills
- cognitive development
- social/emotional development.
You can also learn more of the key principles involved in effective use of assessments.
This resource aims to help employers make sure their recruitment process and workplace are as fair and accessible to deaf people as possible.
We've produced a series of resources to set out the simple steps that can be taken to improve the listening environment in nurseries, schools, and other education settings.
- Information on creating good listening conditions: For education settings
- Tips on how schools can improve listening conditions
- Managing listening conditions checklist
- Preliminary noise survey
- Pupil survey
- Presentation for Teachers of the Deaf
- Information for parents
- Sound simulations of classroom with poor or good acoustic conditions
- Our Here to Learn video clips including clips on reducing background noise and on good acoustics
We’ve worked with the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) to produce a range of resources to help practitioners in carrying out EHC needs assessments for deaf children and young people and drawing up EHC plans.
- Better Plans, Better Assessments, Better Plans: a multi-disciplinary framework for the assessment of children with a hearing impairment
- Template for assessment and information gathering
- Section by section guide to writing more effective EHC plans for children and young people with sensory impairment
- NatSIP summary checklist to writing more effective EHC plans
- Model Education, Health and Care plan - Ruby (aged 3)
- Model Education, Health and Care plan - Kirsty (aged 4)
- Model Education, Health and Care plan - Robert (aged 11)
- Model Education, Health and Care plan - Daniel (aged 18)
We have produced guidance for those responsible for commissioning audiology services for teenagers and young adults. It highlights the key differences between paediatric and adult audiology care, and the main challenges deaf young people meet when transitioning between services.
Separately, our briefing provides an introduction to some of the issues and challenges that deaf young people face in moving to adult hearing services. It will be helpful to all practitioners working with deaf young people.