Deaf Resource - The Team
Use the links below to find out more about the professionals that work within the Dean and Hearing Base
Teachers of the Deaf
Specialist Learning Support
"The leadership of the Hearing Impaired Unit is excellent and impacting significantly on the happiness and progress of those students who attend its provision"-OFSTED 2014
Mrs Claire Swallow
Resource Base Manager
Teacher of the Deaf
A Teacher of the Deaf is a qualified teacher with the skills and knowledge required to provide quality teaching to mainstream learners, with the additional mandatory qualifications and expertise in teaching deaf learners. They teach, assess and monitor our pupils on a one to one basis or in small groups to ensure they are achieving their maximum potential.
We have a group of communication professionals that work with pupils in a mainstream setting to ensure they receive full access to the curriculum. All of our students have individual communication needs. Where some will require full British Sign Language (BSL) support, others will use Sign Supported English (SSE) while some will prefer a more oral approach or somebody to take notes of the lesson.
Our team encourage communication amongst peers, especially when participating in group work. All of our staff have been trained in the use of BSL up to Level 3 and work closely with the Deaf Instructors to develop this skill.
Our Deaf Instructors are skilled native BSL users that offer holistic support and act as positive Deaf role models for our pupils. Using their own backgrounds and experiences, they help our pupils cope with any social and emotional issues; developing their awareness or sense of:
• Being deaf in a hearing world
• Important life skills
Our Deaf instructors are all qualified up to Level 6 in British Sign Language. Therefore, part of their role involves supporting both staff and pupils in their development of British Sign Language.
The Teachers of the Deaf and the Deaf Instructors play an important part in the production of joint assessments, target setting, programmes of work and visits to enable the effective support of the whole family. This will involve cooperation and joint working with a range of professionals in:
• Audiology and Oto-acoustics
• Social Care
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
• Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
• Education Psychology Team
• Wakefield Early Support Advice Information and Liaison (WESAIL)