Additionally Resourced Centre for pupils who are Deaf, Hearing Impaired or with Vision Impairment
Hanson Academy and The Sensory Service work to ensure pupils leave school as confident, independent young people, with a wide range of personal and academic skills that will support them to be independent and successful adults.
The ARC works in partnership with the school and aims to:
- Raise awareness and understanding of the needs and rights of pupils with Vision Impairment (VI), and those who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired (HI) across the school
- Promote equality of access and opportunity for Deaf and Hearing Impaired pupils and pupils with Vision Impairment and to a high quality, inclusive education
- Work in partnership with families, Hanson Academy, multi-agency professionals, and voluntary groups, to;
- raise educational achievement and attainment,
- promote successful outcomes
All students taught and/or supported by the ARC will have an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs. Initially, some students will attend on an assessment place to determine whether the provision is appropriate to meet their individual needs. Referral to the ARC is made through the Local Authority Special Educational Needs (SEN) team.
There are currently 14 students with VI, who are supported by specialist staff, and included in all aspects of the curriculum and life of the school. Students benefit from additional teaching and 1-1 interventions in the ARC in English, Maths and ICT. All ARC students also receive additional support and teaching to further develop their skills in the specialist VI curriculum:
- Braille literacy and numeracy, and tactile learning
- Students are taught Braille on a weekly basis to allow them to consolidate and build on the knowledge they already have, and to introduce new, subject specific Braille. They have regular assessments to monitor their progress, to ensure full completion of the Braille code is achieved, and to check on Braille reading speed and comprehension.
- Low vision and magnification skills.
- Specialist technology, ICT equipment and touch typing.
- Mobility, orientation and Habilitation training. This ensures that students move safely and independently around school, and the wider environment, and develop age appropriate travel skills.
- Independence and life skills training. This covers all aspects of independence, from life skills such as eating and dressing, to cooking, washing and ironing, and also organisation and self-management.
- Organised activities outside school to encourage greater self esteem and confidence. This has included wall climbing, VI cricket and goalball, problem solving and team building exercises, and an annual specialist driving event.
The VI ARC is overseen by Mrs Lomas, Head of the Sensory Service, and Ms Turner, Assistant Head of Sensory Service.
Specialist teaching and support is provided by the Bradford Council Sensory Service based in Hanson school, and consists of:
- VI ARC Team Leader
- Mr Ayub
Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) who supports in lessons across school and provides teaching in the ARC:
- Mrs Harman
VI Specialist Support Assistants who provide support, and produce specialist resources:
- Mr Brown
- Ms Crabtree
- Mrs Greenwood
- Mrs Houchen
- Ms Kane
- Mrs Lovett
- Ms Procter
Senior Habilitation Officers:
- Ms Evans
- Mr Lambert
Technical Support Officers:
- Mr Armitage
- Mr Bergman
Specialist teaching and support is provided by the Bradford Council Sensory Service, based in Hanson school, and consists of:
ARC Team Leader HI Qualified and Trainee Teachers of the Deaf (TOD) who support in lessons across school and plan, teach and assess Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students in the ARC Specialist Support Workers who provide support and access to communication in lessons and activities. Deaf Instructors who support in lessons and teach British Sign Language Educational Audiologist – who assesses, advises and provides audiological equipment Parental Involvement Officer Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) delivers programmes on a 1:1 and small group basis with students as well as working closely with ARC staff to support and encourage the development of speech and language skills of the students SEN officer