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HIRB - Mrs Holmes

Lindow Community Primary School is privileged to have a purpose-built resourced provision for hearing-impaired children. Places are available for those pupils that have a severe or profound hearing loss as their primary need. The provision is led and managed by a full-time, qualified teacher of the deaf and in addition to this, has a number of specialist teaching assistants. 

Our policy is to ensure that our hearing-impaired pupils are fully included into all aspects of school life. First and foremost, the children are members of their mainstream class, with additional opportunities provided for specialist speech and language teaching within the resource base. Specialist teaching assistants provide support in the classroom and within the base, with the aim of ensuring that the children are able to access the national curriculum alongside their peers.

We follow a total communication approach, which means that whilst an auditory-oral approach is most commonly used, some children receive additional clarification through the use of Sign Supported English (SSE). The teacher of the deaf and some teaching assistants, hold BSL qualifications and have experience of working with children who use this method as their primary communication mode.

The resource base, with its skilled and dedicated staff, is a great asset to our school and all the children benefit from our inclusive approach. 

Fran Holmes Teacher of the deaf