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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. 

Deaf-friendly teaching: For 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

Deaf-friendly online learning

Read our guide to Deaf-friendly online learning to find out about things you may want to consider when thinking about delivering your learning and lessons online.

Read more about Deaf-friendly online learning

Deaf-friendly teaching: Special schools

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. 

Assessments of deaf children and young people

Our assessments web pages 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 and emotional development.

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

Bullying and deaf students

We have online guidance on the steps that schools 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

Creating good listening conditions

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.

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.

Radio aids

Our resources for professionals and families

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:

Children who use English as an additional language

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.

Pragmatics and social communication

Knowing how to communicate with other people in socially appropriate ways is known as ‘pragmatics’. Sometimes, deaf children and young people can experience delays in their pragmatic skills.

This booklet explores in depth how children develop pragmatics and includes lots of fun activities to help adults practise these skills with deaf children and young people.

Download 'Supporting the pragmatics and social communication skills of deaf children'

We've created a list of other education resources which have been developed by the Government or other organisations for education professionals that may be helpful for your work with deaf children.

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.

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