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The Additionally Resourced Provision for Hearing Impaired Children (ARP-HI)
The ARP- HI is an integral part of the school. It has a positive influence on all pupils, deaf and hearing and the whole school community. The close relationships which develop from this enable children and adults to better understand each other’s needs. This has been a significant factor in establishing the caring ethos which is evident in our school. The ARP-HI has an open door policy where parents can approach staff for advice and support regarding any issues relating to their child.
Language and Communication
The Additionally Resourced Provision for Hearing Impaired Children (ARP-HI) caters for children aged 4-11 with a hearing impairment. It provides specialist teaching, support assistants and Speech and Language Therapy using whichever communication mode or language each child prefers: spoken English, sign Supported English or British Sign Language.
Children are fully included in the school; they are taught in their mainstream classes and at times may be taught in the ARP-HI in small groups and individually, depending on their needs. Within the ARP-HI there is a full time Teacher of the Deaf, an additional part-time teacher and a team of Specialist Teaching Assistants. The teachers in the ARP-HI assess the needs of the children, oversee all programmes of work, provide specialist teaching and work with the mainstream teachers. This involves adapting the curriculum; providing advice and information; working in partnership with other professionals including audiologists and cochlear implant teams; and providing Deaf awareness training to staff. There are 2 part-time Specialist Speech and Language Therapists who provide therapy on an individual and small group basis.
Personal Amplification and Technology
The children’s personal amplification – hearing aids and cochlear implants are monitored on a daily basis. In addition, children are provided with radio aids and there is a soundfield system installed in the classrooms which benefits both deaf and hearing children.
Mrs C Hambly – Teacher of the Deaf – Senior Leader
Mrs L Bailey – Teacher of the Deaf
Mrs J Albrighton – Teaching Assistant
Mrs K Ascott – Teaching Assistant
Ms A Brockbank – Teaching Assistant
Mrs M Johnson – Teaching Assistant
Mrs A Ovens – Teaching Assistant
Mrs B Pearson – Teaching Assistant
Mrs A Roberts – Teaching Assistant
Mrs G Haines Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Mrs M Marron – Specialist Speech and Language Therapist