Hearing Resource Base (HRB)
Wessex Primary School provides an inclusive setting for hearing impaired children to learn alongside their hearing peers. We are very fortunate to have a Hearing Resource Base (HRB) as an integral part of our school which provides specialist teaching for children who have a hearing impairment.
The hearing impaired children at Wessex Primary are taught using the auditory-oral approach. This means that we do not teach using sign language, the children are taught to use their hearing aids and their listening skills to help them communicate orally with others.
Wessex Primary School has a HRB in the Nursery, KS1 and KS2, currently accommodating a total of fourteen children. Some of these children come from as far away as Sandhurst.
The Resource Bases are staffed by qualified teachers of the deaf. In addition, working alongside the teachers are specialist support assistants. All staff are made aware of current issues in deaf education through specialist courses and relevant literature.
The integration with normal classroom activity makes children with normal hearing used to interacting with and befriending hearing impaired children.
Inclusion is a real strength of life at Wessex, whatever a child's need. Learning to be sensitive to others and appreciating everyone's unique qualities is an important life skill to start early.