If your child is deaf or hard of hearing, they might need extra support from their school. This could mean that your child has special educational needs (SEN). Special educational needs (SEN) are "a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made".
“Special educational provision” is the additional or different help given in school to children with SEN.
Not all deaf children will have special educational needs. For example, in England around 40% of deaf children aren’t formally identified as having SEN. Whether or not your child is recognised as having SEN will depend on how much their deafness impacts on their ability to take part in education and other aspects of school life, and what ext
Additional support can be provided by the school itself, or by outside agencies such as an educational psychologist or a speech and language therapist
Examples of additional support your child might receive are:
- equipment, such as a radio aid or soundfield system to help them hear their teachers;
- support from a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD), communication support worker (CSW) or a learning support assistant;
- the school improving the acoustics of the school or classroom, for example by reducing background noise, and fitting carpets and curtains to help prevent sound echoing around a room;
- staff teaching in a deaf-friendly way, for example not talking when turning away from the class to write on the board, making sure your child has understood tasks, and making sure videos have subtitles;
- a separate room for examinations and possibly extra time being allowed.