LARP

 

Hanson School’s Local Authority Led Resourced Provision for Children and Young People with a Vision Impairment or who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired

The Local Authority Led Resourced Provision (LARP) at Hanson School provides 34 places for school aged students aged 11 to 18 who are Deaf/ hearing impaired and 14 places for children and young people with Vision Impairment.

These places are for young people who require more direct specialist teaching, support and resources, than a mainstream school could reasonably be expected to provide. Children and young people who access the Resourced Provision will have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or be undergoing an assessment for one.

Referral to the provision is made through the Bradford’s local authority’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Team:

https://www.bradford.gov.uk/children-young-people-and-families/does-your-child-have-special-educational-needs-or-disabilities/special-educational-needs-and-disability-send-specialist-assessment-and-support-service/

What does it do?

The Resourced Provisions follow the statutory guidance outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (2015) and works in partnership with Hanson School, families, carers and students to provide additional specialist teaching, support and resources for children and young people across the Bradford district, who are Deaf or hearing impaired and /  or vision impaired.

The specialist staff working in the resourced provisions ensure that the learning, mobility, accessibility and communication needs of the children and young people are met and facilitates inclusion in all aspects of school life.

Students who have an EHCP or are attending Hanson’s Resourced Provision on an assessment place for needs related to their deafness and /or vision impairment will have daily access to:

  • Qualified Teachers of the Vision Impaired (QTVIs) and Teachers of the Deaf (ToDs)
  • Specialist Support Workers (SSWs)
  • Deaf Instructors (DIs)

Deaf and hearing impaired children and young people will also have regular access to an Educational Audiologist and a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SALT).

Children and young people with vision impairment will also have regular access to Specialist Technology Officers, and Habilitation Officers

The Resourced Provision for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children and young people provides:

  • Support and training to mainstream colleagues to enable them to plan and deliver the curriculum in an accessible way for the Deaf and hearing impaired students.
  • In class support from a Teacher of the Deaf or Specialist Support Worker or Deaf Instructor to facilitate access to the teaching and learning and support communication.
  • A bespoke and challenging curriculum that is based on individual need and planned and delivered by a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) and supported by a Specialist Support Worker (SSW) and/ or Deaf Instructor (DI).
  • A bilingual approach to language development; emphasis is placed on the continued development of written and where appropriate spoken English for all children, as well as an important and equal emphasis on the development of British Sign Language (BSL).

 

The additional specialist curriculum offer for Deaf and hearing impaired children and young people includes:

 

The Personal Understanding of Deafness (PUD) programme, along with delivery of the Emotions programme which enables Deaf children to develop the ability to:

  • recognise, name and express a wide range of emotions
  • reflect on their own and others’ emotions
  • develop empathy
  • learn how to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • build self-esteem
  • develop social skills
  • form and maintain relationships
  • problem solve
  • resolve conflict

The above curricula will be delivered through PSHCE sessions or, for some students, dedicated weekly lessons.

Deaf and hearing impaired students who, due to the degree of their hearing loss, cannot access Modern Foreign Language (MFL) will be taught British Sign Language (BSL) in place of MFL.

Students will achieve BSL Level 2 by the end of Year 11 which is equivalent to a GCSE and many students will achieve BSL Level 3.

At Year 9, Deaf and hearing impaired students will follow the same pathways as hearing peers and choose 2 or 3 GCSE options, one of which will be BSL.

Students who due to their deafness and subsequent delay of language acquisition may be dis-applied from one or all of GCSE English, maths and science and be taught a Functional Skills curriculum or AQA award in place of this.  This will be determined on an individual basis, appropriate to need.

The Resourced Provision for Children and young people with Vision Impairment provides:

  • Support and training to mainstream colleagues to enable them to plan and deliver the curriculum in an accessible way for the children and young people with vision impairment
  • In class support from a Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired or Specialist Support Worker facilitate access to the teaching and support learning.
  • Modified enlarged and tactile resources for all areas of the mainstream curriculum
  • Access to a range of specialist hardware and software, and IT packages, for all Resourced Provision students
  • a bespoke and challenging curriculum that is based on individual need and planned and delivered by a Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired or a Specialist Support Worker

The additional specialist curriculum offer for children and young people with vision impairment includes:

  • access to the specialist VI curriculum
  • specialist teaching from QTVI’s, in Braille, tactile skills and ICT
  • pre and post teaching of new and challenging concepts
  • life Skills and Mobility lessons delivered by a qualified Habilitation Officer.

The specialist staff in the Resourced Provision support both the educational and social and emotional needs of the students.  High priority is given to the development of independence and social skills and achieving potential through appropriate curriculum and accreditation.