Deaf Facility Policy
Since 1995 Pearcedale Primary School has been successfully integrating all deaf and hearing-impaired students into mainstream classes.
The facility program is based on the principles of integration into mainstream classes for the majority of the school day, with intensive listening, thinking, speech, and language sessions for part of each day. Facility students have all the advantages of being in a mainstream environment, surrounded by the language and curriculum of their hearing peers as well as accessing highly individual learning support by specialist teachers of the deaf, teacher aides, educational interpreters and speech pathologists as required.
- All students attend the Facility from 8:30 each morning to take part in a short activity relating to a goal in their IEP. Those students who have assistive listening devices also have their equipment checked before commencing the school day to ensure their listening is optimized.
- Students work in their classrooms for most of the day, they leave class to attend specialized support sessions, designed to address their individual educational needs and complement their regular classroom programs.
- Individual programs are developed as a result of a series of formal and informal assessments and through regular liaison with parents and classroom teachers.
- Every program, known as an Individual Education Plan (IEP) contains goals which are used to measure each child’s progress. Programs are constantly monitored and reviewed with amendments to the IEP sent home to parents to celebrate student progress.
- Close liaison with Australian Hearing who visit monthly to check students ear health and listening devices. Liaison with The Cochlear Care Centre and the Cochlear Implant Clinic is on a needs basis.
- Professional learning through Victorian Deaf Educators Institute and the mainstream school ensures Facility staff has access to information and can implement the latest in educational and technological initiatives.
Children who have a permanent bilateral sensorineural or permanent conductive hearing loss, which is moderate or greater in severity (40dB), are eligible to enroll. Please contact Pam O’Connell (5978 6250) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three-year review cycle.
This policy was last ratified by School Council in August 2015