School ethos and leadership responsibilities
The senior leadership team should ensure that:
- The school has a policy on meeting the sensory, physical and medical needs of children within school that reflects the statutory requirements of the DfE document ‘ Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions’ (2015). The policies are shared with all pupils, staff, parents and governors.
- Associated school policies such as Equality, SEND and Behaviour are implemented and regularly reviewed. These policies should reflect the needs of hearing impaired pupils.
- The school has an Accessibility Plan which is regularly reviewed and includes a Building Audit.
- The senior leadership team ensures that all staff in school are aware of their individual responsibility with respect to supporting sensory needs in school.
- Where specific interventions are required, the senior leadership team will confirm arrangements with relevant members of staff in writing.
- The senior leadership team ensures that all staff in school are aware of the key content in the relevant documents, including:
- Appropriate supervision, training and insurance arrangements are in place to enable staff to meet sensory needs.
- There is a designated lead for supporting sensory needs in school (this may be the SENCo) who is responsible for:
- provide support and guidance to all staff around hearing impairment
- being one point of contact for external support services, e.g. HI services, health professionals and providers of specialist equipment
- ensuring the maintenance and effective use of specialist equipment, ICT and other resources
- engaging parents/carers in supporting children’s sensory needs
- maintaining awareness of relevant research and policy updates in this area
- identifying the potential risk factors within the vulnerable groups in school
- ensuring that care plans are in place and reviewed when necessary
- There is a clear process for the dissemination of information regarding hearing impairment in school
- School systems are flexible enough to support the individual needs of all children/young people on roll at the school including those educated off-site and those with temporary hearing loss arising from illness or injury
- There is adequate time available for school staff to fulfil their statutory duties as required, for example liaising with health professionals.