University of Edinburgh

Supporting Deaf Pupils in Secondary Schools

Presented on Wednesday 28 September, 2011

H Ashley McKenzie
Multi-Sensory Service, Dundee

Facilitating Inclusion in a Mainstream Secondary

Multi-skilled Team

multiskilled team

Facilitating Inclusion

  • Flexible approach to supporting students
  • Effective communication
  • Awareness-raising
  • Deaf studies and PSD program
  • Enhanced transition
  • Sign language training

Supporting Students

  • ECSW's interpreting in mainstream classes
  • TOD's teaching in base and providing tutorial back-up
  • Staff working collaboratively to share info re pupil needs
  • Use of electronic notetaking
  • Individualised assessment arrangements

Effective Communication

  • Collaborative working between sensory staff and mainstream staff
  • PT meetings
  • Link Officer
  • Contact logs

Effective Communication

  • Target meetings at beginning of session
  • Annual review meetings
  • Parents night
  • Course choices
  • Parental questionnaire


  • SE talks to S1
  • Training arranged for all school staff
  • Sensory Awareness Week

Visit by Role Models

Deaf Studies and PSD

  • Specially created PSD program to address the needs of HI pupils
  • Outings arranged with HI pupils from other areas
  • Listening Bus
  • Orkney trip
  • Presentations

Visit by Guide dogs and Hearing Dogs for the deaf

visit by hearing dogs

Enhanced Transition

  • Transition begins in P6 and is developed during P7
  • Pupils attend secondary for DEAF STUDIES
  • Primary 7 nights
  • Transition lessons are held weekly between January and June
  • Principal Teacher attends annual review

Sign Language

  • Learn to sign class for school staff
  • Signing club for pupils
  • Learn to Sign option for other schools