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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.

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