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HEARING RESOURCE CENTRE
Department Aims
• to promote and support hearing impaired students’ full access to, and inclusion in, the curriculum and the life of the school

• to develop hearing impaired students’ independence in school with regard to managing their hearing loss and being members of the community

• to prepare hearing impaired students for moving on to further education and employment
Department Ethos
The Secondary Hearing Resource Centre (HRC) is part of the local authority’s People Department. It is centrally-funded and managed by the Croydon Sensory Support Service for children and young people (CSSS).

The HRC caters for students who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for severe to profound hearing loss and who need a level of specialist teaching which is greater than would normally be available in a mainstream secondary school.

The centre follows a natural aural approach where students’ language and communication skills are developed through speaking and listening; however, packages of support are also offered to meet the needs of hearing impaired students with other communication modes, for example, British Sign Language (BSL) and Sign Supported English (SSE).

Hearing impaired students attending Shirley High are first and foremost members of the school and are based and taught in mainstream classes. Their in-class support and individual withdrawal teaching is organised and delivered by Teachers of the Deaf and Specialist Teaching Assistants who are trained to work with deaf students.

The school gives priority admission to students identified as meeting the criteria for entry. Any student with a hearing impairment who does not have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHCP, but who is accepted as part of the school’s admission policy, receives support from the centre staff according to a CSSS assessment of need.
Facilities and Equipment
The HRC in based within the school and has two acoustically treated rooms which are used for teaching. The school also has 20 acoustically treated classrooms and 20 soundfield systems, one of which is in the Assembly Hall.
Students and staff, who gain benefit from them, use personal radio aid systems in lessons. These are the most up-to-date digital wireless systems available and they amplify the teacher’s voice. Radio aids can be linked into most of the soundfield systems in the school to allow access to multimedia information that is delivered using interactive whiteboards. Hand-held microphones are also available for each hearing impaired student and these connect to their radio aid systems to enable them to hear other students’ contributions in lessons, as well as the teacher’s voice.
Students and staff also have the use of a pager which provides a vibrating alert when the fire alarm is activated.
Department Staff
Head of Centre and Teacher of the Deaf
- Ms K Dillon

Specialist Teaching Assistants
- Mrs C Akrimi (part-time)
- Mrs J Blackie
- Mr S Jagdeo
- Mr J Stovell
- Mrs G Summerton
Key Stage 3 & 4 Information
All hearing impaired students follow the mainstream curriculum and are supported by specialist staff in lessons. In addition to this, most students who are attached to the HRC have ‘one to one’ or small group tutorials with a Teacher of the Deaf. These tutorials replace one or more of their KS3 or KS4 curriculum subjects. Tutorials can be for 2, 3 or more lessons a week depending on the need of the student. Programmes of work carried out in tutorials are designed to develop language and communication skills and to support the work done in the mainstream curriculum.
Key Stage 5 Information
Hearing impaired students in the 6th Form who have a Statement of SEN /EHCP will be supported by centre staff both in-class for their chosen courses and for ‘one to one’ tutorials in the HRC, depending on their needs.
Out of School Activities
- Sign Language Club
- Homework Club
Other information
For further information, or to arrange a visit to the school and HRC, please contact Ms Dillon on 020 8656 2987 or at dillon@shirley.croydon.sch.uk

Useful links

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) - www.ndcs.org.uk
Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) - www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
Equality and Human Rights Commission - www.equalityhumanrights.com
Croydon Deaf Children's Society - www.croydondeafchildren.org.uk
Croydon Hearing Resource Centre - www.croydonhearing.org.uk
British Deaf Association (BDA) - www.bda.org.uk
Connevans Limited (equipment) - www.deafequipment.co.uk
Forestbooks.com: resources for deafness and deaf issues - www.forestbooks.com
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