Deaf Awareness

Deaf Awareness

Deaf awareness training may be requested for a variety of reasons and take many forms, including:

  • providing basic information about the impact of deafness on learning and interaction provided to mainstream staff about to receive their first deaf pupil
  • updating skills and understanding of mainstream staff with experience of working with deaf pupils
  • helping schools develop policies for running activities involving external agencies such as work experience placements, field trips or residential activities
  • supporting self-evaluation of current inclusive practices.

Case Study

A primary school with a well-established resource provision for deaf children asked for a deaf awareness workshop during their start-of-year INSET for all staff. There were several new colleagues joining the school with no previous experience of working with deaf children and some existing staff had not had a deaf child in their class before.

The session included a discussion to identify existing knowledge and preconceptions; a brief explanation of types and levels of deafness and their practical implications in the classroom; consideration of different communication modes and needs; opportunities for colleagues to share queries, strategies and experiences.

As a result, new staff were able to consider the implications of inclusive learning for deaf pupils and how this might affect classroom practice. A short ‘refresher course’ was run for more experienced staff, and resource provision staff were able to identify mainstream colleagues’ training and support needs.