How can we get better Teachers of the Deaf?

NDCS - Ian Noon, Head of Policy and Research

Ian Noon, Head of Policy and Research

Yesterday we blogged about a current consultation on Teachers of the Deaf and what they need to know and do. We asked for views on what you liked about the support that Teachers of the Deaf currently provide to your deaf child or to deaf children in general.

In this blog, we’ve got a different question that we’d like to get your views on:

Are there any areas in which Teachers of the Deaf could be better?

You may want to think about your own family’s specific needs and the extent to which your Teacher of the Deaf is meeting them. Are there any areas where you’d like your Teacher of the Deaf to do more to meet the needs of you and your deaf child? Are there any gaps in knowledge or skills that you’ve come across?

To get your brain juices flowing, the current consultation proposed that the qualification to become a Teacher of the Deaf covers the following eight areas:

1) Professional qualities and attributes of Teachers of the Deaf
2) Knowledge of current laws in education
3) Knowledge of audiology
4) Skills in promoting communication, language and interaction in deaf children
5) Teaching and learning skills
6) Supporting social and emotional development and well-being
7) Supporting transitions in deaf children and young people
8) Partnership working

As before, let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or emailing us at We’ll use your responses to inform our response.

You can also respond direct – our previous blog has details of how. The deadline for responses is the 10th December.

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