SchoolDoncaster School for the Deaf - An education that is right for your child. Doncaster School for the Deaf was founded in 1829, which makes us one of the oldest deaf schools in the UK and we are proud of our long history and achievements. We provide a pupil-centered approach to education from the earliest years up to the age of 19. All pupils have an Education and Health Care Plan, which ensures that we know exactly what we need to do to meet their special educational needs. Although we are based in Doncaster, we are a national resource and pupils come to us via local authorities from all over the UK. We offer a safe and nurturing environment in which children can learn and communicate effectively to achieve their goals. Our schoolBelief Statement and BackgroundOfsted ReportAdmissionsOur facilitiesResidenceSafeguarding/ Support and WelfareContact usCommunicationLanguage and CommunicationSpeech and Language TherapyBritish Sign LanguageAudiologyCurriculumEarly Years Foundation StagePrimaryPrimary OverviewsEnglishNumeracyDeaf StudiesComputingPersonal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)Humanities (History & Geography)Art and DesignDesign and TechnologyMusicPhysical Education and SwimmingSecondarySecondary OverviewsEnglishMathematicsScienceICT/ComputingPSHCE (Personal Social Healthy Citizenship Education)Religious Education (RE)HistoryGeographyArtDesign and TechnologySixth formSpiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC)Pupil PremiumSports PremiumE-SafetyUseful infoStatutory policies and infoWork For UsFor parentsTerm Dates and School DayAbsencesParent Information and PackNewsletters archiveUniformLocal Offer and EHCPSFor pupilsSchool CouncilE-SafetyActivities and clubsE-LearningMoving on English Pupils learn in small groups. Mornings begin with Phonics. Many pupils have benefited from the introduction of Visual Phonics by Hand© which was developed at Longwill School in Birmingham and supports the teaching of Phonics to give greater access to deaf children. Using the two-handed finger-spelling alphabet as a starting point, it capitalises on the ability many young deaf children have. It offers a quick tool to show the phonemes in English speech and spelling. Every primary classroom has a reading corner and reading is encouraged throughout the school. All pupils have access to an online reading scheme “BUG CLUB” which is accessible at home and school. Literacy is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum. Progress is carefully monitored. Parents are welcome to arrange to meet staff and discuss planning and assessments. We direct extra resources and attention to initiatives which will specifically help our pupils to fully function with all practical aspects of reading and writing. Shape coding is used to support pupil’s literacy and is a system designed by Susan Ebbels to teach grammatical structures. It has proved valuable as many of our pupils preferred language is BSL with its own syntactic structures. We use Amazon Fire tablets in Key Stages 1 and 2 as a learning tool to help pupils’ language development. The use of tablets also supports home-school BSL communication and spelling homework. Literacy and Phonics are closely supported by our Speech Therapists.