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Swain House Local Authority Led Resourced Provision for Deaf Children and Young People

Who is it for?
The Local Authority led Resourced Provision provides up to 20 places (Nursery to Y6). Pupils who access the provision and its resources will have deafness as their primary need and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or be undergoing assessment for an EHCP.  

How do I access it?
The Local Authority Led Resourced Provision is part of Bradford Council’s Deaf and MSI Children and Young People Service specialist provision for deaf children.

Referral to the provision is made through the local authority Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Team.

Who is it for?

‘The Local Authority led Resourced Provision for Deaf Children and Young People provides up to 20 places for children who are Deaf, (Nursery to Y.6) and who as a result of their deafness, require more direct specialist teaching, support and resources, than a mainstream school could reasonably be expected to provide. 

How do I access it?

The Resourced Provision is a Local Authority led Resourced Provision (LARP) for children who have a severe to profound degree of deafness.  The majority of Deaf children who attend the Resourced Provision (RP) will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). In the first instance, some children may attend the resourced provision on an EHCP assessment place. Referral to the provision is made through the Bradford’s local authority’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Team:

What does it do?

The Resourced Provision follows the statutory guidance outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (2015) and works in partnership with Swain House Primary School, families, carers and pupils to provide additional specialist teaching, support and resources for children and young people across the Bradford district, who are deaf.

The Resourced Provision ensures that the communication needs of all the children are met; for those who require an auditory oral/aural communication approach or British Sign Language (BSL) or a mixture of both.

Pupils who have an EHCP or who are attending the Resourced Provision whilst undergoing assessment for needs related to their deafness, will have daily access to Teachers of the Deaf (ToDs), Specialist Support Workers (SSWs), Deaf Instructors (DIs) and regular access to an Educational Audiologist and a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SALT).

Resourced Provision pupils will have access to a range of audiological equipment to ensure optimum listening opportunities and to maximise the use of their residual hearing. 

The  Local Authority led Resourced Provision provides:

• a bespoke and challenging curriculum that is based on individual need and planned and delivered by a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) and/or supported in mainstream class by a Specialist Support Worker (SSW) and/ or Deaf Instructor (DI)

• a bilingual approach to language development; emphasis is placed on the continued development of written and where appropriate spoken English for all children, as well as an important and equal emphasis on the development of British Sign Language (BSL) with opportunities to achieve formal qualifications in BSL.

• regular monitoring and evaluation of planning and delivery of teaching to Deaf pupils including individual targeted learning, small group work and inclusion in some or all aspects of the mainstream curriculum and school life.

• a structured approach to promote children’s development of inference, verbal reasoning and thinking skills (Language for Thinking)

• continued delivery of training and support for mainstream and support staff to ensure all Deaf pupils achieve their potential

• co-ordination and assessment of speech, language and communication skills in conjunction with other relevant professionals

• continual support for Deaf pupils to manage and maintain their audiology equipment

• attendance at all school parents’ meetings and school events, by Resourced Provision specialist teaching staff

• regular consultation and annual review meetings, to discuss pupil's individual learning targets and progress against their ECHP outlined Needs, Provision and Outcomes

• home visits, on request according to need

• specialist support for transition, and preparation for adulthood

• regular parent drop-in sessions to support families, where information is shared about other local organisations and agencies such as Bradford Deaf Children's Society (BDCS), National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) and other local organisations that support/ work with the Deaf community

  • opportunities for parents /carers and family members to develop their BSL skills and achieve formal qualifications


  • a commitment to working effectively with multiple agencies including Social Care and Health

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