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Post-14 education and preparing for adulthood

Photo: Steering young people in the right direction

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

We also have information for parents and information for deaf young people.

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

Bullying and deaf students

We have online guidance on the steps that schools and colleges can take to protect deaf students from bullying and how to handle bullying incidents where they arise.

Go to our page on protecting deaf students from bullying.

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

Deaf-friendly higher education

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

Download 'Deaf-friendly 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

Making your services and workplace deaf-inclusive

We have lots of free information on how to make your organisation or business more inclusive and accessible for deaf children and young people. We also have training and resources to help your staff become more deaf aware and create a more positive experience for deaf children and their families.

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.

Creating good listening conditions

Specialist Deaf Curriculum Framework

The Specialist Deaf Curriculum Framework has been developed to support deaf babies, children and young people make informed decisions about their deafness so they can lead full, independent lives. It provides Teachers of the Deaf, educational audiologists and families with a framework to develop activities or programmes of learning for deaf children and young people at different ages from early years to post-16, linking to a wealth of resources.

Specialist Deaf Curriculum Framework (BATOD)

Education, Health and Care plans (England)

We 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.

Other resources

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