Special educational needs (SEN) advisory service

Sensory support hearing impairment

The sensory support service hearing impairment consists of three teams providing continuing support for children and young people with a diagnosed hearing loss (0-19 years). The National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP)  eligibility framework is used to guide our level of involvement with the child.

The Teachers of the Deaf (ToD) hold a mandatory, specialist qualification in teaching children and young people with hearing impairment. The specialist teaching assistants (TAs) in the team are trained to support and manage children with hearing loss. All staff are expected to have a British Sign Language (BSL) qualification.

The teams have strong working partnerships with families, educational settings, community audiology, tertiary hospitals and other local professionals. The wellbeing and needs of the deaf child lie at the heart of this vibrant team. All the Teachers of the Deaf (ToD) train regularly to keep abreast of new research and technology in the field of audiology and deaf education. Our aim is to provide a high quality service for the children and young people through innovative practice. We will work together to achieve the best educational and social-emotional outcomes for our children and young people.  The “voice” of each child and young person and their family are central to the work that we do. We ensure that they are informed and empowered to make appropriate choices. The holistic approach is of paramount significance and essential to the development of young people as they prepare for adult life.

  • The peripatetic hearing team supports children (0-19 years) from the point of diagnosis and referral from audiology/ Ear Nose and Throat (ENT.) The team works closely with parents/families, preschools, schools and associated professionals. For more information see hearing team leaflet for pre-schools or schools leaflet
  • The primary deaf base at Griffins supports children who have a specialist placement from 3 to 11 years. They are on roll at Darrick Wood Infant and Nursery School or Darrick Wood Junior School. For more information see primary deaf base leaflet
  • The secondary base for hearing impairment, the deaf centre at Darrick Wood School supports children 11-18 years who have a specialist placement and who are on role at the secondary school. For more information see deaf centre at Darrick Wood School leaflet.


Entry criteria for the bases: a severe/profound or deteriorating hearing loss with language delay caused by their hearing loss. An education health and care plan (EHCP) is a requirement at both specialist bases. Pupils have individual timetables tailored to meet their needs. There is a strong emphasis on inclusion in mainstream lessons as well as specialist ToD teaching..

Hearing impairment teams


Tel: 01689 889850

Fax: 01689 889866

Griffins, Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington, BR6 8ER