The Hearing Support Base at Westcliffe Primary School caters for deaf and hearing impaired children aged between 3 and 11 years of age. The hearing impaired children are very much part of their classes and take a full and active part in the life of the school. However, the Base provides extra support to ensure the children develop their language skills, access the National Curriculum, enjoy their learning and meet their full potential.
The children are supported using a mixture of one to one interventions and small group teaching in the Base, as well as in, class support, according to their individual needs. We are committed to ensuring that our pupils get the maximum benefit from their personal hearing aids and radio aid systems and to providing a “deaf friendly” environment in which to learn. We hope to encourage the children to become confident communicators and enthusiastic learners.
The Base consists of two rooms which have a high level of acoustic treatment to provide a good listening environment. It is staffed by a Teacher of the Deaf and two Specialist Teaching Assistants who are based at Westcliffe but also spend a proportion of their time visiting hearing impaired children in other schools.
The Base’s staffs are qualified in using British Sign-Language (up to Level 3 Signature) and able to offer support to children who require sign-language as an aid for communication. There is a weekly Signing Group at the school on a Tuesday afternoon, for staff, parents and carers of hearing-impaired children. We offer a Signing Club for pupils in years one and two.
Mrs Catherine Waites – Teacher of the Deaf
Miss Emma McCracken – Specialist Support Assistant
Mrs Catherine Wilson – Specialist Support Assistant.