Hearing Impaired Resource

Our vision is of a school without barriers for deaf children.

We are a specialised resource that supports children from Emmbrook Infant School and Emmbrook Junior School. The provision is an integral part of the two schools with a culture of inclusion and a strong focus on achievement for deaf children.

We adopt a child-centred approach to communication. This means that we respond directly to the needs of the individual and all forms of communication are equally valued. We use speech, Sign Supported English and BSL.  Support packages for the children follow a ‘needs led model’ so that the level of support is tailored to the individual needs of the child.  With this flexible approach we ensure that the whole curriculum is made accessible to our deaf children and supports their individual aptitudes and talents.

We are very proud to be rolling out our inductory programme of teaching BSL as the schools ‘chosen’ MFL this academic year. This exciting new curriculum will not only teach the mainstream children signing but also train their class teachers at the same time, up skilling the whole school community to Signature Level 1 standard by the time pupils leave in Year 6.

The schools have been adapted to provide acoustically favourable classrooms, including infrared Soundfield systems in all classes in the Infant and Junior schools.  We use personal FM systems to help pupils listening in class, small group work and 1:1 interventions. Children are encouraged from a very early age to become independent in the use of their equipment, to remove, clean and fit their hearing aids/cochlear implants and to report difficulties. Key workers perform daily listening checks on hearing aids and cochlear implants to monitor the sound quality and to enable pupils to recognise and respond to any changes and interference that may occur.

We care about needs of the whole deaf child and foster high levels of self-esteem, confidence and a positive self identity.  We take full advantage of the wide range of opportunities to develop confidence and self esteem alongside hearing peers as well as a sense of the child’s own deaf identity. We encourage children to work independently and develop good personal and social skills.

We work closely with the Berkshire Sensory Consortium and cochlear implant/audiology centres ensuring that children within the resource have joined up care with excellent communication between specialists.  Qualified teachers of the deaf, a speech and language therapist, an educational audiologist, an educational psychologist, specialist teachers, mainstream teachers and teaching assistants all work closely together with the children.  We welcome children with complex additional needs and the schools work in close partnership with external agencies to support the development and progress of each child.

We have strong links between home and school – this relationship is of the utmost importance to us.  Daily links are fostered through the use of a Home School Book, in which information is shared and parents can raise issues of a day -to-day nature or seek guidance. We offer an ‘open door’ policy of family support in which regular contact is encouraged and parents are invited to discuss any issues of concern, without the need to wait for more formal meetings such as Annual Reviews or Parent Consultation evenings.

If you are considering Emmbrook Infant or Junior Schools for your child please get in touch.  Visits are warmly welcomed.

What our parents and pupils say about us….

“We were nervous for our son changing schools and as with many deaf children his needs are multiple and complex.  The Hearing Resource Base at Emmbrook took time to listen to us as parents, get to know our son and build a transition package that would best meet his needs. They have been flexible, creative and thoughtful. They have been happy to get to know our son to see where his strengths are and use this to support his needs. Because of this we have seen him make progress and feel part of the school.” community.”  – Parent

 

“Mrs Sammour helps me do my ears. I like the games in the HI room.” – Finnley, Year 2

 

“I like getting to know new things and have lots of friends.” – Ethan Year 6

 

 

Important message

School Information

(Updated Jan 2022)

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please find below some key dates for this term along with updated Covid-19 advice from the DfE on isolation periods. 

Important Dates & Covid Advice

Spring Term Dates 2021-22

21st January 2022  – Bags2School Collection

8th February 2022 – Safer Internet day

8th February 2022 – The Trial of Anne Boleyn (Y5)

17th February 2022 – Y4 Trip (TBC)

18th February 2022 – Exhibition Morning (C-19 dependent)

21st – 25th February 2022 – Half Term

28th February 2022 – INSET day (school closed)

7th – 11th March – Assessment week

30th & 31st March 2022 – Parents’ evening

8th April 2022 – Last Day of Term (2pm)

DfE Update

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Further information, including examples of when to end self-isolation if you have had COVID-19 symptoms, is available in the stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Thanks

The EJS Team