Who we are...
This service is a Sensory Team for deaf and partially hearing children and young people and forms part of the wider Inclusion and Specialist Support Team.
We aim to improve the educational and life outcomes for deaf and partially hearing:
- young people
Based at Hackney Learning Trust, the team consists of 4 qualified teachers of the deaf, one of who is the coordinator of the service.
There is also a specialist portage worker, who provides support to children with additional needs and their families at home, working as part of the Sensory team for 3 days. All staff on the team have British Sign Language qualifications, from Level 1 – Level 3.
We work closely with the Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for Hearing Impaired Children and colleagues in the Audiology Clinic at Hackney Ark.
We provide support, advice and information about all aspects of deafness including:
- language and communication,
- hearing aids
- social and emotional wellbeing
This support, advice and information is provided to families, young people and educational settings. We can also inform parents, children and young people about voluntary organisations supporting deaf children, young people and their families e.g. National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) and Remark
Newborn Screening Programme - Pre-School children:
We offer weekly visits to families with babies diagnosed with deafness through the newborn hearing screening test. This test helps to identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible and means parents can get the support and advice they need right from the start.
Monthly drop in for families
The service runs a monthly drop in for families with deaf and partially hearing children aged 0-3 and a half, called Buzzy Bees.
It is held in the playroom at Hackney Ark usually the third Wednesday of the month from 1-3.
As well as meeting other parents, you will have a chance to talk to a range of professionals e.g teachers of the deaf and speech and language therapists.
School age children:
All primary, special and secondary schools in Hackney with deaf pupils have an allocated Specialist Teacher for Deaf and Partially Hearing Children who will meet regularly with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and monitor the progress of deaf and partially hearing children in the school we:
- advise staff on strategies for including deaf children
- support children in their learning; this includes weekly teaching for some children
- carry out assessment
- contribute to planning meetings, Annual Reviews and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).
The Petchey Academy, a secondary school in Hackney, opened a Deaf Support Base at their school in September 2017. The communication approach is auditory oral.
Find out more: The Petchey Academy
The Deaf and Partially Hearing Service - Inclusion and Specialist Support Team also give information to parents and carers about schools with deaf provisions in neighbouring boroughs:
- Laycock School - Primary
- Blanche Nevile School - Primary and Secondary
- Frank Barnes - Primary
- Oak Lodge – Secondary
- St Pauls Way School - Secondary
- Hendon School - Secondary
- Heathcote School - Secondary
- Shooters Hill campus – post 16
- Newham College – post 16
- City Lit – post 18
We continue to support young people when they attend College although we do not offer weekly support to this age group. We continue to offer advice and support to young people with EHCPs up to the age of 25.
Our service offers the loan of a radio aids to all hearing aid wearers in mainstream schools in the borough. The radio aids are set up and monitored by a technician from the Ewing Foundation
We also offer advice to schools on the purchase of listening equipment useful for children with a mild or unilateral hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids e.g. sound field systems. These systems are useful for other children in the class e.g. those with glue ear or those with English as a second language.
For information for parents on their rights to practical help from their Local Authority with accessing equipment and communication resources please see this link: NDCS - Know Your Rights: Getting support from your local council
Training for parents and professionals or school staff:
We offer training to parents and school staff – this could be bespoke training around the needs of an individual children, whole school training in deaf awareness and deaf awareness training for pupils. We provide training on using and looking after hearing aids and radio aids.
Who our services are for:
We provide a service to all children and young people with a permanent sensorineural hearing loss - mild to profound, affecting one or both ears.
We also support children and young people with an ongoing conductive hearing loss where the impact is significant, usually those prescribed with hearing aids.
We offer weekly, monthly, termly or annual visits based on the needs of the child/ young person e.g. level of deafness; how they are getting on at school. We have a document which explains the level of support we provide. The level of support is agreed with families and SENCOs and is reviewed regularly.
We send record of visit reports to schools with copies sent to the audiology clinic and other professional working with the child. This can also be shared with parents.
How to access the service:
Referrals to the service usually come through the following organisations:
- The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme
- Audiology Departments at Hackney Ark
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital
We often meet parents for the first time at the Audiology Clinic and then keep in touch by phone email and text.
We work with interpreters whenever needed.
We can provide a range of information sheets on different types of deafness for parents/carers and can send these to schools if helpful.
Elective Home Education (EHE) Deaf and Partially Hearing (DPH) Team guidance Oct 2019
If a parent/carer elects (decides) to educate their child at home, they take on responsibility for their child’s education. If this is a choice you are making it is advisable to register for EHE once the child reaches compulsory school age - the term after their 5th birthday. Full details of this process are described in: Hackney Learning Trust’s Elective Home Education (EHE) Policy
The Deaf and Partially Hearing (DPH) team will monitor the home provision with a termly or annual visit, depending on the nature and extent of sensory impairment
If the child has an EHC Plan, a personal budget can be requested from the EHC Planning Team. A timetable of education activities, with the costs, must be provided. This will be considered by the EHCP Panel or the EHCP Management Team who make the final decision whether to agree the personal budget or not.
If the education/provision delivered is not considered to be suitable, attendance procedures will be applied.
Record Last Updated on: 15/11/2019