Pelham Primary HIP
Pelham Primary School is very lucky to have the only specialist resourced provision for Deaf and Hearing Impaired children in Bexley.
The Hearing Impairment Provision (HIP) has places for 18 children with severe or profound hearing losses. A child may be accepted into the school with a moderate hearing loss if there are other reasons that mean they require the specialist support of the HIP. Children are all issued with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Deaf children are part of the mainstream classes and they take part in all aspects of school life.
Pelham School promotes positive attitudes between hearing and hearing impaired children and takes pride in the inclusive attitude of our whole school community. Deaf Awareness sessions are provided to staff in the school and all children in the school have regular deaf awareness sessions from nursery to Year 6. Topic areas include; communication strategies, hearing aids, signing vocabulary and songs, deaf role models and what it means to be deaf.
The HIP has a child centred Total Communication Policy; by this we mean we use the communication approach appropriate to each child. This could be oral/aural, signing, spoken and written English, speech reading, British Sign Language, Signed English, Signed Supported English, finger-spelling, natural gesture, pictures or symbols. Communication methods can change and develop over a child's time at Pelham School and therefore it is regularly reviewed along with their educational and emotional needs.
There are two qualified Teachers of the Deaf in the school who offer specialist support to the children. A team of specialist Teaching Assistants from the HIP offer support and intervention where appropriate. Specialist support may take the form of one-to-one work, group activities, individual work, reverse inclusion, targeted IEP work, listening skills, audiology maintenance, pre or post teaching, speech and language work, etc. Children use hearing aids or cochlear implants as well as FM systems to aid the development of their auditory/listening skills.
There is a close working relationship between the school and external providers such as the Advisory Teacher of the Deaf, Audiology, Cochlear Implant Centres, Deaf CAMHS and Educational Psychologists. Two Specialist Speech and Language Therapists visit the school weekly to support to the children in developing their communication, speech and language. We also work closely with parents to ensure that their child is best supported both at school and at home. We hold regular coffee mornings for parents and community events.
The HIP has its own acoustically treated suite of rooms comprising of a large community classroom, two intervention/therapy classrooms, a Speech and Language room and a kitchenette area for cooking activities.