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. This includes hearing aid test box, listening kits, sound level meter, all the radio aids and relevant equipment for use by the students plus spare batteries and other testing equipment.
Students are encouraged to be as independent as possible and are supported, as necessary to participate in all areas of the curriculum. There are 14 Soundfield systems in the school’s classrooms that enhance the audiological experience and all teachers receive regular advice from the HI team in the delivery of the curriculum to a hearing impaired student. Additionally, the lead teacher carries out a programme of training and awareness raising with colleagues to ensure the teaching and management of students remains at a high profile within the school.
The HI team consists of a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf, and two specialist LSAs, all 3 whom are BSL trained, level 2 and above. One LSA is a qualified technician being responsible for the team’s preparation of audiology in the morning; the other LSA is responsible for BSL across the school and is trained up to level 3 BSL. 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.
Teacher using Soundfield Swift Pendant
Supporting Students with Visual Impairment
The Angmering School is one of two educational resource bases for Visually Impaired learners in West Sussex. There is a specialist V.I team: A Senior Leader of Sensory Impairment and a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired who leads a small team of LSAs who are qualified RNIB Braillists 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.
- Duxbury PC software for text to Braille translation.
- A Braille embosser.
- Braille Connect 40.
- 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.
- 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 Braille Connect40 and Braillenote systems. 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.