We have a purpose built, acoustically treated, hearing impaired resource base with two specialist qualified Teachers of the Deaf. The resource base consists of two teaching rooms and a quiet room for exams, audiology equipment testing and speech & language sessions.
We provide an inclusive setting for students ranging from year 7 to year 13. Hearing impaired students work alongside mainstream peers and are included in all areas of school life. We are committed to working in partnership with parents, outside agencies and the wider community.
We have a person centred approach within Canolfan Elfed, our aim is ‘pupils voice’. We focus on what is important to the student, what matters to them, we discuss the best way to support them which provides us with a view of the students needs. We adopt a total communication approach within the resource base. The curriculum is delivered in the individual’s preferred language whether that is British Sign Language (BSL), Signed Supported English (SSE) or Spoken English.
The students have access to specialist equipment such as radio aids that supports access for deaf children into mainstream classes. All equipment is checked by the Teachers of the Deaf.
We have individualised timetables for our students, where they can access the mainstream curriculum, whenever possible. When this is not appropriate, children are taught an adapted curriculum in small groups, by the Teachers of the Deaf. We have a team of specialist teaching assistants that support in mainstream lessons and in the resource base. In the resource base they help students with pre/post tutoring for specific subjects. Depending on the students needs the specialist teaching assistants take on different roles e.g communication support, note-taking or 1:1 curriculum support.