ARP for Hearing Impairment

The Additionally Resourced Provision for Hearing Impaired Children (ARP-HI)

The ARP- HI is an integral part of the school.  It has a positive influence on all pupils, deaf and hearing and the whole school community.  The close relationships which develop from this enable children and adults to better understand each other’s needs. This has been a significant factor in establishing the caring ethos which is evident in our school.  The ARP-HI has an open door policy where parents can approach staff for advice and support regarding any issues relating to their child.

Language and Communication

The Additionally Resourced Provision for Hearing Impaired Children (ARP-HI) caters for children aged 4-11 with a hearing impairment.  It provides specialist teaching, support assistants and Speech and Language Therapy using whichever communication mode or language each child prefers: spoken English, sign Supported English or British Sign Language.

Organisation

Children are fully included in the school; they are taught in their mainstream classes and at times may be taught in the ARP-HI in small groups and individually, depending on their needs. Within the ARP-HI there is are Teachers of the Deaf,  and a team of Specialist Teaching Assistants.  The teachers in the ARP-HI assess the needs of the children, oversee all programmes of work, provide specialist teaching and work with the mainstream teachers.  This involves adapting the curriculum; providing advice and  information; working in partnership with other professionals including audiologists and cochlear implant teams; and providing Deaf awareness training to staff.  There are 2 part-time Specialist Speech and Language Therapists who provide therapy on an individual and small group basis.

Personal Amplification and Technology

The children’s personal amplification – hearing aids and cochlear implants are monitored on a daily basis. In addition, children are provided with radio aids and there is a soundfield system installed in the classrooms which benefits both deaf and hearing children.

The Team:

Mrs S Greenhalgh – Teacher of the Deaf

Mrs M Dynos - Teacher of the Deaf

Mrs E Tattersall - Teacher of the Deaf

Mrs K Ascott – Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Roberts – Teaching Assistant

Mrs G Haines - Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Mrs M Marron –  Specialist Speech and Language Therapist