- Children and young people with a moderate, severe or profound hearing loss
- It would be expected that learners have an assessed need over and above that which could be offered in a local mainstream school through the local offer
- Learners will be in the age range appropriate to the school
- Likely to hold a Statement of SEN or Education, Health and Care plan or undergoing statutory assessment
- May have a range of secondary needs such as speech, language and communication, specific learning difficulty, behaviour, emotional, social, physical, medical
- Having the underlying cognitive ability to access a mainstream school curriculum once barriers to learning have been addressed
- Each case will be considered on an individual basis; however, the following will be used as general guidance according to British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) criteria 1 – each child will have a significant hearing loss which may be moderate to profound according to BATOD Criteria
Plus one or more of the following:
- A significant delay in one or more areas of development eg Language
- Significant difficulty accessing the curriculum within a mainstream setting, even with training, support, specialist equipment and reasonable adjustments
- A failure to benefit or thrive within a mainstream school / early years setting
- A social need to access a deaf peer group and deaf culture that may include signing
- A need for some long term assessment to assess possible additional needs. The length of the assessment placement would be determined on an individual basis.
Admission to the High School Deaf Resource Base will be based on the following criteria in addition to the above:
Ability to access mainstream curriculum for at least 70% of the timetable. It would not be appropriate for students who would be unable to usefully access, even with support, at least 70% of the mainstream curriculum. This would result in the majority of their timetabled day being spent in the Deaf Resource Base, potentially isolated from their peers.