Resource Based Provision for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Pupils
Middlewich Primary School is proud to have a specialist resource-based provision, catering to the specific needs of deaf and hearing-impaired pupils.
The pupils within our resource base spend most of the day learning with their peers in their mainstream class. However, to ensure their individual and specific needs are met, they also receive teaching from our onsite Teacher of the Deaf. Pupils are also supported by specialist teaching assistants in the classroom. This ensures they develop the language skills essential for access to the curriculum. All staff within the provision and some throughout the school, hold British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications, which can be used to aid communication where necessary. Respect and understanding for pupil who are deaf is developed through whole school involvement in activities such as and ‘Sign2Sing’ and ‘Deaf Awareness Week’.
At Middlewich Primary School we are particularly proud of our school’s signing choir. The choir, which is made up of members from across KS2, meets weekly to learn basic British Sign Language skills. Children are also taught basic deaf awareness skills and are encouraged to discuss issues around deafness. We have taken part in many local community events including Middlewich FAB festival, The Cheshire Show and the Christmas Community service at St Michael’s Church.