A Learning Support Assistant teaching British Sign Language to staff and students
Supporting Students with a Hearing Impairment
The Lavinia Norfolk Centre was established in 1975 principally as a centre for students with a hearing impairment. The centre supports students with a range of hearing loss and includes students with cochlear implants. A small but skilled team of staff ensure that all students with a hearing impairment are fully included in all aspects of the school and are supported to achieve to their maximum potential.
The H.I. team have a specialist room containing a range of audiological equipment and is used daily for safe storage of aids.
The HI team consists of a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf, and a qualified audiology technician who is BSL trained to level 2. The team have close links with the local hospital audiological teams and cochlear implant centres, as well as local feeder schools and the primary Sensory Support Centre at River Beach, Littlehampton.
Students with a hearing impairment are supported by the LSA Team of some 25 Learning Support Assistants all of who are H.I. aware and skilled in supporting the delivery of the curriculum to students with a hearing impairment. All teachers have had deaf awareness training from the County team in the last year with regular monitoring of H I student progress carried out through observation in class and dialogue between the Teacher of the Deaf and teachers awareness raising for staff is regularly undertaken and led by the team.
The school has nineteen Soundfield Systems that enhance good voice projection in lesson to optimise a student’s own hearing. Each student receives a bespoke timetable, tailored to meet their needs, each one showing adaptions, time for 1:1 work with the specialist teacher or input from speech and language. The team work very closely with parents, student and early years’ providers to ensure transition is effected well and induction to the school is smooth. Every encouragement is given to the fullest level of participation to all the extra-curricular activities, supported by LNC staff when needed.
Teacher using Soundfield Swift Pendant
Supporting Students with Visual Impairment
The Angmering School is the only educational resource base for Visually Impaired learners in West Sussex. There is a specialist V.I team: A Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired who leads a small team of LSAs who are qualified RNIB Braillists or currently in training with a wealth of experience; all working together with staff across the school to provide V.I students with the programs, services and resources they need for an outstanding learning experience.
Our facilities include a VI Resource Centre where classroom resources, teaching and learning materials are modified for the individual needs of our VI learners. The centre is equipped with a comprehensive range of specialist equipment to ensure that work is modified to a high standard. It also has a separate designated area in which to practice independent living skills, complete with a kitchen and specially adapted cooking equipment.
- Duxbury PC software for text to Braille translation.
- A Braille embosser.
- Brailliant/Braillenote touch
- Perkins Braille machines.
- Fingerprint – A Braille reading and writing course.
- CCTV unit.
- A mobile CCTV pack.
- Heat embosser to make tactile/raised pictures and diagrams.
- Hand-held electronic magnifier.
- PC software – Jaws, Dolphin Supernova and Dolphin Luna – text-zoom and screen readers and also NVDA.
- Scanner Reader.
- Specialist VI equipment for use in lessons eg. calculators, rulers, protractors, compass, talking scales, liquid level indicators.
The VI Resource Centre provides our students with a friendly personal space where they also receive personalised specialist teaching and support. In addition to their curriculum studies, students may also receive mobility training and support with independent living skills.
Braille and Braille Support
Depending on their level of visual impairment some students require Braille. The VI Team can offer a one-to-one, personalised teaching approach to give them the confidence and skills to make Braille a part of their lives. The ability to read Braille fluently and accurately can be life changing for many of our students, opening up a new world of possibilities.
As their abilities grow we show them how to use a manual Perkins Brailler and the electronic Brailliant and Braillenote touch. Once they have reached Grade Two we can also introduce them to specialist Braille codes to help them develop their interest in mathematics, the sciences and modern languages.