H.R.B (Hearing Resource Base)
Here at B.G.G.S our school has a fantastic provision for deaf students. We have an intake of 2-3 students per academic year and each case is looked at individually and a decision is made based on a number of different factors. An application should be put forward with the assistance of the primary school, teacher of the deaf and S.E.N.A.R (Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review).
First and foremost, our school have specialist members of staff, which includes teachers of the deaf, as well as teaching assistants, who work with our students on a daily basis. Furthermore, we have our own classroom, which has been acoustically set up to provide a sound friendly environment for our deaf students. This room is used for interventions, withdrawals and examinations, which includes taking students out of their subject classes and teaching them in smaller groups. This is beneficial in educating them, as it allows them to be able to work at a pace that is suited to them and in an environment that is designed to meet their needs.
Our students are issued with audiological equipment such as radio aids. Radio aids are used at B.G.G.S to help students with a hearing loss in order to improve their communication and ability to hear teachers and their peers.
Hearing aids and cochlear implants/speech processors allow most wearers to hear quiet speech in ideal listening situations. However, most speech is heard in less than ideal listening situations and there are times when a H.R.B student may find it difficult to listen due to unwanted background noise; sounds echoing around the room (reverberation) or there may be distance between the person who is speaking and the deaf student.
The radio aid can help overcome these problems. It consists of a transmitter worn by a teacher and a receiver worn by the student . The radio aid operates by allowing the sound the student needs to hear (such as the teacher’s voice) to be enhanced and in turn this minimises background noise.
Every morning we check each student’s equipment to ensure that it is working efficiently and any highlighted issues are resolved.
Integration within the mainstream part of the school is of paramount importance. However, recognising their deaf identity and realising that it is part of them is of equal importance and we work with staff and students to ensure this is implemented. We carry out deaf awareness workshops with internal staff and external organisations such as the N.D.C.S (National Deaf Children’s Society). We aim to integrate practical activities into the curriculum as much as possible, for example we did an art therapy workshop. This involved making hand casts of different signs and discussing personal experiences surrounding deaf identity. It was a positive experience and worked well.
We carry out a range of language assessments which are used to understand student needs and to set interventions. For example, we may identify that a student is struggling with vocabulary; therefore we would devise an intervention to try and improve this. In addition, we also have visiting speech and language therapists, who support our students with difficulties surrounding communication. They aim to develop speech and language and visit students intermittently throughout the academic year.
Access arrangements for examinations are implemented from year 7, so that students are given the opportunity to practice in preparation for their G.C.S.E exams. H.R.B students can potentially receive the following provisions:
- Exams in an acoustically set up room (H.R.B) instead of the hall.
- A reader to read material in their examination (except for English).
- A B.S.L signer if required.
- An Oral Language Modifier, who will provide reasonable adjustments in examinations to make the language accessible to the student.
Each student will be required to undertake a formal assessment to determine whether they are eligible for the provisions above.
H.R.B students are also offered opportunities to go on trips with the school. This allows them to spend time with other students and helps them to build their social skills and confidence. Previously, students have been to The Snowdome, The Rep Theatre and overnight stays for camping to mention a few.
Our students love being part of the H.R.B. Please see their comments below.
"I really enjoy it in the H.R.B because teachers help you. I feel happy." Afza
"The teachers give me a lot of support in lessons. They can make it easy and simple for us." Aminah
"I like it in the H.R.B, because it’s really fun and they help me to learn more. It helps me to make more friends." Shawneece
"I really love this school and we have lovely teachers to support us. I’m happy in the H.R.B because they help us and make me feel safe." Hannah
"The H.R.B teachers have supported me a lot over the years. Since year 7 I have become more confident because of the help and support from the H.R.B staff. I am now in year 11, but sometimes I find the work difficult, especially in English as I find the literature hard to understand. But my teachers of the deaf break the information down and explain to me in a simple way." Maumina
We look forward to welcoming you in the coming academic year. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask our specialist staff members via the school number 0121 464 1881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Selection of photographs showing life in the HRB