Find out more about our free resources for teachers and other education professionals on deaf-friendly teaching and support for primary aged deaf children.
If you work in the early years or a primary school, there is a high chance that a child in your care will have an undiagnosed hearing loss.
This is usually a temporary hearing loss caused by glue ear. Eight out of ten deaf children will experience glue ear before the age of 10.
It could also be a permanent hearing loss. Over half of deaf children become deaf during childhood. This usually happens in the first three years of life.
Any hearing loss, even if it’s temporary or mild, can have a big impact, particularly in the early years when children are developing their speech and language skills.
This resource is for teachers, those with responsibility for coordinating special needs provision and any other education professional working with deaf children in primary schools. It sets out simple tips for deaf friendly teaching and inclusion in the classroom.
This resource is for staff working in special schools attended by deaf children with complex needs.
Download the resource now and watch our video below of top tips for staff working in special schools:
Our presentation explains how the 'assess, plan, do, review' cycle can be applied to deaf children to improve outcomes. It is intended for use by Teachers of the Deaf or other specialist staff with mainstream teachers or other education staff.
Download the presentation
The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) have also produced guidance on how 'assess, plan, do, review' can be applied to deaf children.
Download the guidance
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.
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)
This resource is made up of a 10-unit programme of lessons, exercises, games and specially designed books to improve deaf children’s literacy skills by increasing their understanding of English morphology and syntax. It’s aimed at helping deaf children who are aged 7–11 years and is most suitable for deaf children who are not performing at the expected level for their age.
Watch our video with Diana, a Teacher of the Deaf, who gives step-by-step instructions on how to use the resource.
Our booklet for mainstream teachers and nursery staff explains the major impact a mild hearing loss can have on a child, and what you can do to support a child with a mild hearing loss in your class.
Watch the 'Mild hearing loss, major impact' video that accompanies this booklet below:
This resource is for anyone who teaches phonics to primary school-aged pupils, such as classroom teachers and teaching assistants.
Families interested in phonics may find our factsheet Phonics and the Development of Your Deaf Child’s Reading and Writing Skills useful.
The resource provides advice on support to deaf children of all ages who speak English as an additional language (EAL), including children who have yet to start school and their families. The resource is aimed at Teachers of the Deaf and other professionals who work with deaf children who use EAL, including special or additional needs coordinators and EAL coordinators.
A short top-tips video is also available.
We would like to thank The Bell Foundation for their funding, expertise and support in the development of these resources.
Deaf children can lack the vocabulary to 'label' their feelings. This workbook is for teachers to work through with children to help them expand their emotional vocabulary so that they can understand and identify how they feel.
This resource aims to support primary school teachers in helping deaf children improve their working memory. It includes a range of games and activities for teachers to use.
Watch our video with Lynda, a Teacher of the Deaf, who gives step-by-step instructions on how to use the resource.