What does it do?
The ARC works in partnership with Hanson Academy to provide specialised teaching and support for young people across Bradford who are deaf or hearing impaired. The ARC ensures the needs of all young people are met for those who require an auditory oral/aural approach to communication or British Sign Language (BSL) or a mixture of both.
Students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or are attending Hanson on an assessment place for needs related to their Deafness will have access to Teachers of the Deaf (ToDs), Specialist Support Workers (SSWs), Deaf Instructors (DIs), Educational Audiologist and Speech and Language Therapist (SALT). ARC pupils have access to audiological equipment to ensure optimum listening conditions.
The ARC provides:
• A personalised curriculum based on individual need taught by either a designated Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) or supported in class by Specialist Support Workers (SSWs) and Deaf Instructors (DIs).
• a bilingual approach to communication; emphasis is placed on the continued development of English for all children as well as the development of BSL with opportunities to achieve formal qualifications in BSL up to Level 3
• monitoring and evaluation of planning, and delivery of teaching to deaf pupils including targeted learning, small group work and inclusion in some or all aspects of the mainstream curriculum (according to individual need) and school life.
• 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 maintain their audiology equipment
• attendance at all school parents’ meetings and school events, by ARC teaching staff • regular consultation and annual review meetings, to discuss pupil's individual learning targets and progress.
• Home visits, on request according to need.
• Preparation and evaluation of Individual Educational Plans for deaf pupils, and assessment and report writing for the EHCP process
• 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 Prism youth club.