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Hearing Impaired Resource Base

Hearing Impaired Resource Base

The Hearing Impaired Resource Base (HIRB) is a well-resourced specialist provision designed to support deaf students of secondary age.  The HIRB helps deaf students develop the communication skills, social skills and confidence required to achieve their full academic potential. 

Communication Policy

We are an auditory oral provision with a strong commitment to helping students develop their vocabulary, grammar and speech.  This includes a weekly visit from a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who works closely with the HIRB to identify targets and develop programmes of study for individual students.

Inclusion and individual support

Deaf Awareness training is provided to all new students and staff during their first term at Vyners.  The HIRB liaises with mainstream staff throughout the school to ensure that deaf students have access to both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

Student support is designed to meet the needs of the individual and is likely to include some or all of the following:

  • In-class support
  • Homework club
  • Language enrichment activities
  • Reinforcement of concepts
  • Note-taking
  • Pre-teaching
  • Post-teaching
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Audiology
  • Support with social and emotional development
  • Specialist exam access arrangements
  • Support during extra-curricular activities
  • Close liaison with specialist support agencies

Acoustics and specialist equipment

The majority of Vyners’ classrooms benefit from low ceilings and fitted carpets.  All classrooms have soundfield systems which are compatible with student’s radio aids.

All hearing aids, FM radio systems and soundfield systems are rigorously monitored.

Students are taught to manage and maintain their own audiological equipment.  The HIRB uses the Ear Foundations Personal Understanding of Deafness (PUD) to track the progress that students are making in developing these skills.


The HIRB provides a programme of support to ensure that students achieve a smooth transition from primary to secondary school.  We work very closely with students, primary schools and families to ensure that this is tailored to meet the needs of each child.  We also provide support and guidance for students as they progress from school into tertiary education, university or work.


The HIRB is staffed by one Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (ToD), two trainee ToDs and a team of specialist Learning Support Assistants (LSAs).  The Head of HIRB has undertaken specialist training to Masters level and some of our most experienced LSAs have gained Level 3 BTEC Advanced Award in working with sensory impaired young people (hearing impairment). 

for further information please contact:

Wendy Bicknell
Teacher of the Deaf
Head of Hearing Impaired Resource Base