Enhanced Provision at Glebe Primary School
Our Enhanced Provision for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired provides a stimulating environment for children with widely varying levels of hearing loss. Our aim is to provide our pupils with the opportunity to reach their full potential during the exciting years of primary education by integrating the children into the main school as fully as possible whilst withdrawing them to the Enhanced Provision, when appropriate, to support pupils’ individual needs. We are currently designated by the LEA as a 24 place Enhanced Provision and as such are funded to provide support in the ratio of one Teacher of the Deaf and Teaching Assistant per six children.
A Speech and Language Therapist and Mrs N Neapolitana (Deaf Tutor – SENaPs) also visit the Enhanced Provision frequently.
In our EPHIC we aim:-
Each Key Stage has its own suite of EPHIC rooms which consist of five teaching class bases, three speech rooms and a small office. There are many specialist features in the rooms including sound-soak ceilings and wall coverings and double glazed windows. Audio quality listening environment and Soundfield systems have been installed in the classrooms where the hearing impaired children work as well as the hall and ICT suite. As in the main school, all our rooms have interactive whiteboards.
Methods of Communication
Access to the curriculum is through oral methods, BSL and sign-supported English, both in EPHIC and in the mainstream class. We also encourage children to develop good listening, lip-reading and speaking skills.
In addition, a deaf signing instructor attends weekly to give individual and group lessons in BSL. Also, weekly signed story lessons are given by the deaf instructor which are enjoyed by the hearing-impaired children. The older children have the opportunity to take their Level 1 BSL exam in KS2 if deemed to be at a suitable level by the signing instructor.
There is a KS2 and KS1 signing club and signing choir club.
We encourage our hearing-impaired children to consider themselves as an integral part of the school. The children are placed in age-appropriate mainstream classes, attend registration there and are then withdrawn to the Enhanced Provision or supported in class as necessary. The amount of time spent in the Enhanced Provision depends on the needs of each child.
We look at each child’s language and communication, learning, social and emotional needs in making these decisions. Discussions take place between the Head of the Enhanced Provision and Speech and Language Therapists before children transfer to Secondary School so that the children receive suitable support when they arrive. Arrangements for support in class and EPHIC can be adjusted when necessary.
The children’s progress in class is monitored very carefully through:-
The children are assessed on National Curriculum objectives and take part in the school tests in May. We follow the framework of the half-term and yearly planning used by the whole school, but in EPHIC groups and in 1:1 sessions, the children work at their own levels with special attention given to their language needs.
Music aids the development of good listening skills and a sense of rhythm which are important aspects of good speech. Hearing impaired children often take part in concerts and music festivals and are encouraged to join the lunchtime and after school recorder clubs/orchestra and choir. Some hearing impaired children are taught music/auditory training in the Enhanced Provision where others have mainstream lessons adapted to suit their needs.
Children make the best progress when parents and teachers work together, and we aim to do this by:-
We have an “open door” policy and parents are encouraged to telephone immediately if there is a problem. We endeavour to talk to or meet parents on the day they contact us.
An Educational Psychologist visits the Enhanced Provision and is available to assess children’s learning and behaviour and to advise staff. Parents with serious concerns can meet with the E.P. by appointment.
This is available to children on a 1:1 basis, or group basis where it is required, to develop language and clarity of speech. The speech therapist and Enhanced Provision staff plan work together and meet regularly to discuss the children’s progress.
The Speech Therapist's name is Deborah Gutteridge. Should parents wish to contact her please leave a message in the home / school diaries and we will arrange it.
Work with Other Professionals
We work closely with a variety of other professionals involved with the education and well being of deaf children e.g.:-
Clubs and Class Visits
These help the EPHIC children to feel that they are part of the school as well as providing a stimulus to learning, and so they are invited to:-
Transfer to Secondary School
Our EPHIC ensures that:-
How you can help your child to settle into our Enhanced Provision
Visitors are welcome by appointment. Please contact Miss Neame in our Enhanced Provision via the School Office on 01268 784253.