Most children with Hearing Loss or impairment in Southampton (with or without EHCPs) attend a mainstream school and are supported by Teachers of the Deaf from the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service. A teacher visits them in their school by arrangement, works with the child and supports the school to meet their needs effectively.
A Hearing Impairment provision at Newlands is just starting to take shape and is not yet officially open. It will offer in-school expertise, experience and resources for those children who need more continuous and careful support to flourish. There will be a team of support staff and a consistent Teacher of the Deaf presence who can respond more flexibly to the needs of each child. The needs of children with Hearing Impairment will be carefully considered in every element of school planning and development. Children attending a provision like this develop a hearing peer group in their mainstream classes but also develop bonds with other children and adults with hearing loss.
This will be a Total Communication Provision which supports children to access the world around them and express themselves with confidence. Our children are excited to use their eyes, ears, faces, hands, voices and whole bodies to communicate. We respond to their strengths and needs individually which means our provision staff use written and spoken English, Signed Supported English and British Sign Language throughout every day.