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Our Enhanced Provision for Hearing Impaired Pupils (EPHIC)

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:-

  • To provide the children with full access to the National Curriculum.
  • To encourage the children to achieve the highest standards.
  • To encourage children to become good communicators.
  • To help children take a full part in school life.
  • To prepare children for transfer to Secondary school.
  • To become aware of Deaf issues.
  • To foster a love of learning and positive self esteem.
  • To identify individual needs of pupils and provide suitable programmes of learning.

 

The Suites

 

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.

 

Integration

 

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.

 

Monitoring Progress

 

The children’s progress in class is monitored very carefully through:-

  • written lesson reports from Teaching Assistants and Teachers of the Deaf.
  • regular class observation by Teachers of the Deaf.
  • discussion with classroom teachers.
  • on going assessment and monitoring of individual outcomes.

 

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

 

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.

 

Home/School Liaison

 

Children make the best progress when parents and teachers work together, and we aim to do this by:-

  • using home/school books in which staff and parents can convey messages.
  • providing a full written report at the end of the school year.
  • giving weekly homework in Maths, English, Reading and Spelling.
  • holding parent/teacher meetings every term where One Plans can be discussed.

 

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.

 

Hearing Aids

 

  • As children arrive at school, they come to the Enhanced Provision to have their hearing aids tested, cochlear implants checked and to give us their home/school books.
  • We have sufficient radio aids to provide one for each child if they will benefit from using one.
  • Children are encouraged to report to their class teacher and EPHIC staff immediately if there is any difficulty with their hearing aids and return to the EPHIC for help.
  • Children are taught to maintain their hearing aids/implants through cleaning and changing batteries once old enough.  Children need to bring a supply of batteries to school to replace them in their hearing aids/processors when needed.
  • Hearing aids are tested on a test box once every term.
  • We have close liaison with hospital audiologists enabling new fittings and/or problems to be discussed.

 

Speech Therapy

 

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.:-

 

  • Audiologists
  • Cochlear implant rehabilitation teams
  • Educational psychologists
  • Specialists in deaf education
  • Deaf tutors
  • Hospital audiology clinics
  • NDCS

 

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:-

  • join before school, lunch-time and after-school clubs.
  • join their class on school visits, supported by EPHIC staff.
  • Year 6 children are invited to take part in the residential field week, accompanied by EPHIC staff.

 

 

Transfer to Secondary School

 

Our EPHIC ensures that:-

  • Enhanced Provision staff from Sweyne Park School meet Year 6 children and attend their Annual Reviews.
  • Year 6 children make visits to Sweyne Park School throughout the year.
  • Enhanced Provision staff from Sweyne Park School make visits to Glebe in the Summer Term.
  • Year 6 children spend two whole days at Sweyne Park School in July.
  • Staff of both Enhanced Provisions meet termly to discuss children’s needs.
  • EPHIC children are invited to Sweyne Park’s Summer School during the Summer holiday.

 

 

How you can help your child to settle into our Enhanced Provision

 

Positive Attitudes

 

  • Make cheerful comments about the school.  If you are positive, your child will feel happy and relaxed.
  • Talk to them about learning how to make friends, encourage them to ask other children’s names.
  • Children work and play best when they are rested and have a balanced diet.  Regular sleeping routines need to be established at home to avoid weariness during an active day.
  • Help your child to know that he/she can talk to his/her teacher at any time that they feel worried or upset.
  • Advise the teacher on interruptions to normal home routines.
  • Discuss problems you may have with your child’s teacher.  Young children often misinterpret things and such discussion may quickly clear up any misunderstandings.
  • The children who take school in their stride are those who have had plenty of opportunities to mix with a wide range of other children and adults, have had a number of stimulating experiences and have been talked with and read to.
  • In gaining the confidence to ‘have a go’, to be confident to ask questions and unafraid of making mistakes, your child will quickly and happily settle into their new learning environment.

 

Visitors are welcome by appointment.  Please contact Miss Neame in our Enhanced Provision via the School Office on 01268 784253.

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