Hearing Impaired Provision
The Hearing Impaired Provision (HIP) supports students who have a permanent sensori-neural hearing loss and an Education and Health Care Plan, due to the impact of their hearing loss on learning.
The department has a student-centred communication approach with students developing their speaking and listening skills while also using sign-supported English or BSL as required.
A dedicated team of qualified Teachers of the Deaf, specialist support assistants and CSWs support deaf learners throughout the day both in mainstream classes and in small parallel teaching and intervention groups within the resource base. The focus is on equipping students with the skills they need to be successful independent learners and confident communicators. A specialist speech and language therapist works with students individually and in groups two days per week. We have HI student mentors who are trained to help younger students when they join the department and representatives on the school’s student bodies.
The HIP also provides deaf-friendly training for all mainstream staff, deaf awareness lessons for hearing pupils and a BSL club to ensure an inclusive environment for all.
All students have a provision profile which shows how their individual needs as a deaf learner are being met by the HIP
The department is housed in purpose-built accommodation which includes 3 acoustically treated small group teaching rooms, an audiology room, an exams room and a staff workroom where students can go to speak to staff etc.
KEY SUPPORT STRATEGIES
Pre and post tutoring daily ( 8am and 3 pm) -
In class note-taking and visual reinforcement
Small group work and parallel teaching
Specialist interventions -literacy/communication/
social skills etc.
Audiological support (HA/CI/RA/Soundfield)
Sign support (SSE/BSL)
Teachers of the deaf linked to subject specialisms
Access arrangements for exams
Support books – class notes/ visuals/differentiated resources
KS4 Supported studies – core curriculum reinforcement
Glossaries/ word banks and phonetics for vocabulary development