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Robert Rattary explains the benefits of Mary Hare School…
Tell me about yourself and your role at Mary Hare School?
I am the Headteacher at the Primary School, which is a specialist school for deaf children of all abilities.
What profile of child do you accept at Mary Hare?
A deaf child may be achieving academically in mainstream but may not have a social and emotional peer group or we may have a child joining who is not reaching their potential.
To learn with children ‘just like them’ is extremely important to our pupils and our Teachers of the Deaf use all their skills to make the language of the curriculum accessible to them.
As a SENCO how could I gauge whether a child would be suitable for Mary Hare?
Within our programme of assessments we include the non verbal reasoning assessment, which will indicate the child’s ability levels without the language overlay.
We also assess their language and academic process and if there is a gap between the two it means Mary Hare would be a consideration for the child. Equally important is to monitor their wellbeing and self image – negative changes in these might also indicate that a visit to Mary Hare might be helpful.
How would Mary Hare help these children in a way that another school could not?
Our philosophy is small classes, an acoustically treated environment and a delivery at a pace that matches the child’s ability to follow. Being taught by a Teacher of the Deaf means that the lessons are pitched at the right levels to provide the children with the stretch they need to learn.
For further information about Mary Hare School visit maryhare.org.uk, call 01635 244 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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