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Secondary education

Photo: Providing the right support for students in secondary education

We've got a range of free resources on deaf-friendly teaching for teachers, special needs staff and other education professionals supporting deaf children in secondary schools. 

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. 

Download 'Deaf-friendly teaching: For secondary school staff'

A summary version of this resource is also available along with a series of video clips for teachers, including subject specific advice for teachers of English, Maths, Science and Modern Foreign Languages.

This resource is for staff working in special schools attended by deaf children with complex needs.

Download 'Deaf-friendly teaching: For staff in special schools' and watch our video below of top tips for staff working in special schools:

Supporting the achievement of deaf children in special schools

This video gives staff working in special schools five top tips on supporting a deaf child in their class. 

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.

Our resource provides guidance on the steps that schools can take to protect deaf children from bullying, and how to handle bullying incidents where they arise.

Download 'Protecting deaf children from bullying'.

Resources for parents and young people are also available on our Bullying and deaf children page.

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.  

Our Here to Learn video clips include basic information on the practical steps which school staff can take to be more deaf aware and include deaf children and young people in all aspects of school life.

Our Pen Pals project aims to support deaf children and young people (ages 8-18) to keep in touch and make new friends. Those who take part will be matched with another young person of a similar age and communication preference.

As pen pals, they can write letters or record videos in BSL to each other, giving them a chance to ask questions and get to know one another.

Find out more about our Pen Pals project.

Quality standards for the use of personal radio aids

Personal radio aids can really improve deaf children's listening experiences. This resource sets out quality standards for a common approach to the timely and appropriate provision and use of radio aids to make sure deaf children have the best outcomes.

Download 'Quality standards for the use of personal radio aids'.

These quality standards have been developed with the UK Children’s Radio Aid Working Group, whose aims are to:

  • promote the use of radio aids among children and young people
  • promote the knowledge base about radio aids
  • influence the policy framework for the provision of radio aids
  • influence the quality and consistency of radio aid provision and practice
  • raise awareness of the importance of a positive acoustic environment.

How Radio Aids Can Help - Information for parents

This guide for parents explains how radio aids and soundfield systems can help deaf children. It also outlines the different types of radio aid systems available and how to maintain radio aids. Teachers and other staff working with deaf children and young people may also find the information in this guide useful.

Download 'How Radio Aids Can Help - Information for parents'.

Radio aids video

In this video, deaf young people explain what radio aids are and how they benefit from them.

Watch NDCS radio aids video.

Case studies

Find examples of policy documents and loan agreement forms shared by specialist support services, as well as some case studies from specialist support services below:

Example radio aids policy from Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service.

Principles and Guidance to support the Provision of Radio Aid systems and other Amplification Devices by Oxfordshire Special Educational Needs Support Services.

Case study - Radio Aids Corporate Insurance by Norfolk County Council.

Case study – Radio Aids Policy and practice anecdotal feedback.

Borrow a radio aid

Find out how parents can borrow a radio aid through our Technology Test Drive or Borrow to Buy scheme.

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. 

Download 'Supporting the achievement of deaf children who use English as an additional language (EAL)'.

A short top-tips video on supporting children who use EAL is also available. 

We would like to thank the Bell Foundation for their funding, expertise and support in the development of these resources. 

Assess, plan, do, review (England)

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 'Assess, plan, do, review' 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 NatSIP guidance

Be safe and smart online

These lesson plans provide information on why deaf children and young people need to be taught about online safety and three lesson plans – on social networking sites, sexting and cyberbullying – to teach them how to be safe and smart online.

Download the 'Be safe and smart online' lesson plans now

There is also a tips flyer How to Be Safe and Smart Online for young people and a webpage about online safety for parents.

Created in collaboration with Childnet International.

Buddy up! Setting up a peer support scheme for deaf pupils in your school

Our toolkit for teachers explains how they can set up a peer support scheme for deaf pupils.

Download the peer support toolkit now

There is also a separate guide for teachers in primary schools.

Look, Smile, Chat - promoting deaf awareness

The Look, Smile, Chat lesson plans aim to improve teenagers’ understanding of deafness.

Download the 'Look, Smile, Chat' lesson plans

Other resources are available from the National Deaf Children's Society Buzz website.

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

Find out more about other education resources.