SPECIALIST RESOURCE PROVISION FOR PUPILS WHO ARE DEAF
Sunshine - Specialist Resourced Provision for children who are deaf
We are very proud that during the Local Authority's external review of Sunshine, our Specialist Resourced Provision for pupils with hearing impairment, in February 2019, they recognised that our work in partnership with parents, carers and pupils; the quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for pupils; the effectiveness of leadership and management and overall effectiveness, is outstanding.
At Knollmead Primary School, we are proud to have Sunshine, a Specialist Resourced Provision for children who are deaf. We have capacity for 12 children from Nursery to Year 6. The criteria for admission to the SRP is as follows:
All staff receive Deaf Awareness training when they begin working at Knollmead Primary School. They also receive ongoing advice and guidance according to the specific needs of the children in their class. Knollmead is part of the Coombe Academy Trust and Deaf Awareness training takes place for staff regularly at the Coombe Secondary Schools. More personalised training takes place with teachers of children who transition to the Coombe Secondary Schools from Knollmead Primary School.
Audiology equipment and tests
Each morning, the children’s equipment is checked and listening checks take place. Children are encouraged to develop knowledge and independence in connecting receivers, picking up and returning radio aids and taking care of their equipment. If there are any concerns regarding children’s equipment, staff will inform parents and contact the relevant hospital if appropriate.
Many of our children receive transport to school and we know that parents and carers want to be kept up to date about their child’s day. We therefore have a Sunshine communication diary that is completed each day by either the Teacher of the Deaf or the Teaching Assistants. The SRP Lead also keeps in regular contact with parents through phone calls, email or in person.
We believe that trips and extra-curricular activities are extremely important in developing the children’s social, emotional well-being and awareness of the environment. We have a number of activities which take place in school, such as Deaf Cricket and Football, visits from the Listening Bus, as well as excursions to a number of places either in the local area or further afield. Sunshine Specialist Resource Provision also hosts Christmas and Summer parties for all children who are deaf in the borough and their parents and carers.
Links with Local Authority and Training
We have strong links with the Educational Service for Sensory Impairment and training takes place on a half termly basis for mainstream staff and parents from the borough at Knollmead Primary School.
If you have any questions
Please contact Miss Rebecca Richards, Teacher of the Deaf and SRP Lead or Ms Sam Salih, Teacher of the Deaf, Trust Inclusion Lead and SENCo.