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Aldercar Infant & Nursery School

AldercarInfant & Nursery School

Where the children are the stars

The Provision for Deaf Children

Our vision

Deaf children will become effective communicators and develop lifelong learning skills so that they achieve to the best of their ability in everything that they do.

Enhanced Resource Facility (ERF)

The School

Aldercar Infant and Nursery School is a mainstream academy school. Within the school there is an Enhanced Resource Facility (ERF) for *deaf and hearing impaired children. The facility is part of Derbyshire’s Deaf and Hearing Impaired Support Service. We support children aged 2-7 years who have a significant hearing loss. (click here to see our flyer)

 OFSTED reported that......

"Pupils who are deaf are fully involved in all lessons because teachers plan very well to meet their needs, and because of high quality support from specialist staff.  Teachers of the deaf provide high quality support for pupils' language development when these pupils are withdrawn to the quieter listening environment of the ERF base.  This underpins their good or better progress in all subjects. "

The Team

The mainstream staff and ERF team work closely together to educate deaf and hearing children alongside each other.

Deaf children are given additional support from a qualified and experienced Teacher of the Deaf, Specialist Teaching and Learning Assistant, and Teaching and Learning Support Assistant. 


Children are given the support they need to progress and achieve. Support may be given in class or in the ERF Base.

Other professionals including Speech and Language Therapists, Audiologists, Educational Psychologists and an Educational Audiologist, also provide regular support. 

Our Aims

  • To work in partnership with parents and liaise regularly about their child's progress.
  • To ensure that deaf children are happy and secure at school.
  • To provide a quality inclusive education so that each child will be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential. 
  • To enable deaf children to have equal access to the curriculum and the whole of school life.
  • To promote a positive image of deafness and encourage the development of children's self-esteem and self-confidence.

Listening, language, learning and fun!


The Provision

Deaf children are included in the whole of school life and receive full access to the Foundation and National Curriculum at an appropriate pace and level according to their individual needs.

Each child is educated using their preferred mode of communication be it spoken English, Sign Supported English, British Sign Language (BSL) or a combination of these.

Deaf children are supported in a variety of ways to ensure individual needs are met. Each child will have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) outlining specific short term areas to develop.


Support staff modify the curriculum and plan and deliver individual sessions when needs arise. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of speech, language (English and BSL), communication and listening.

Children’s progress in all areas is monitored closely and detailed records are shared with parents.

Great effort is made to ensure children receive maximum gain from all audiological equipment. All classrooms have been fitted with soundfield systems and other adaptations have also been made to ensure optimum listening and watching conditions.

Communication Club

 All the deaf children participate in a weekly Comm Club delivered in British Sign Language by our Deaf Tutor.  The children learn about deafness through the Deaf Studies Curriculum.

Our Comm Club is designed to raise awareness and understanding of deafness across the whole school community.  We teach deaf awareness to staff and all children who attend our school.    

During Communication club, the children...

  • Practice their communication skills, such as turn taking, listening and eye contact.
  • Learn how to communicate with each other and their friends.
    Share the adventures of 'Billy Bear'
  • Develop their British Sign Language.
  • Meet older and younger children from the school. 
  • Have fun!

Wider Community

Alongside our Comm Club, we encourage all of our children to be part of our wider community, and have strong links with other schools in our area.  Throughout the year our children have the opportunity to be a part of inter-school activities and events, and we are proud to see their achievements and successes. 


Contact Us

For further information or to arrange a visit please contact Miss Eaton (SENDCo) or Mrs Siddons (Headteacher).

Tel: 01773 713428

Email:  info@aldercar-inf.derbyshire.sch.uk 

*In this document we have used the term ‘deaf’ to describe children with significant hearing losses.