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Post-14 education and preparing for adulthood

Photo: Steering young people in the right direction

Our resources for education, health and social care professionals who support deaf young people in post-14 support and moving to adulthood.  

Deaf Works Everywhere toolkit

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.

What's included?

  • 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.

Access the toolkit

Next steps: Supporting successful transitions into post-16 education and employment for deaf young people in England

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. 

Download 'Next steps: Support successful transitions'

Deaf-friendly teaching: For further education staff

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.

Download 'Deaf-friendly teaching: For further education staff'

Supporting the achievement of deaf young people on apprenticeships

Our resource for apprenticeship training providers gives advice on how to ensure deaf young people can successfully complete their apprenticeship.

Download 'Supporting the achievement of deaf young people on apprenticeships'

Supporting the achievement of deaf young people in higher education

This resource for staff working in higher education provides advice on how to support deaf young people in higher education.

Download 'Supporting the achievement of deaf young people in higher education'

Stepping Up: Quality Standards for Young Deaf Learners in Further 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.

Download 'Stepping Up: Quality Standards'

Assessments of deaf children and young people

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
  • language
  • listening
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • cognitive development
  • social/emotional development.

You can also learn more of the key principles involved in effective use of assessments.

Breaking the sound barrier: A guide to recruiting and supporting deaf colleagues

This resource aims to help employers make sure their recruitment process and workplace are as fair and accessible to deaf people as possible. 

Download 'Breaking the sound barrier'

Creating good listening conditions for learning in education

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.  

Transitioning from paediatric to adult audiology services

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.

Download 'Commissioning audiology services for young adults'

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.

Download the 'Transition to adult hearing services' briefing

Other resources

See our other useful resources for professionals working to support deaf young people on moving into adulthood.