Quality First Teaching
Examples of what children with hearing impairment and their parents can expect from this level of school support:
- Schools will receive advice, support and training from Teachers of the Deaf, to help them understand the nature of
hearing impairment and its management, to meet the needs of the pupil.
- The class teacher will monitor pupils' progress and seek advice if required.
- Pupils with hearing impairment will be included in all class activities.
- The teacher will ensure that the pupil with hearing impairment sits in a position in the class where the pupil can see whoever
is speaking; the teacher and other pupils.
- Classrooms should be as free from background noise as is possible, with doors kept closed to create quiet areas.
- The teacher will need to repeat what other children are saying to ensure that the pupil with hearing impairment has access to all
- The pupil will be given time to answer questions and be given extra time to complete work.
- Visual cues in the form of written text or illustrations/pictures should be available for the pupil to
understand new ideas or concepts.
Staff knowledge and understanding is a key factor to Quality First Teaching. Families will be involved at every stage.
Additional Support (Building on Quality First Teaching)
Examples of what children with hearing impairment and their families can expect from Additional Support
- The Teacher of the Deaf will visit the pupil in school.
- The Teacher of the Deaf will verify the functioning of the pupil's own personal hearing aids by subjective and objective testing
If the pupil is using a radio aid, the Teacher of the Deaf will make sure the teachers receive training on how and when to use it.
- The Teacher of the Deaf will spend time with the class teacher to make sure the pupil is fully included in the class.
- The Teacher of the Deaf will plan with the class teacher to make sure the pupil understands the work.
'Additional Support' should be different from what schools provide for all pupils. The SENCO (Special Needs Co-ordinator) will work in partnership with the teacher.
Targeted support with the pupil with hearing impairment will be provided by the Teacher of the Deaf:
- to develop listening, language, speech and communication.
- to help develop the pupil's self esteem and confidence.
- to help the pupil manage their own hearing aids.
- to differentiate language content, to make the lessons easier to understand and to enable access to the curriculum.
'Additional Support' relies upon staff knowledge and understanding around the pupil's strengths and needs. Staff need the skills to develop,
apply and evaluate individualised plans and strategies.