The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
Promoting Excellence in Deaf Education

Workshops and seminars planned for the BATOD Conference ‘Transition’ 10 March 2007

  1. Transition - 10 principles
    Simon Blake, CE Brook, on behalf of the National Children’s Bureau

    10 principles supporting transitions - implications for deaf children

    In times of transition there is a need for information, emotional support, practical help and resources. An individual worker’s role will vary in ensuring this can be put in place, depending on circumstances and the nature of the transition. The keynote presentation offered ten principles to help you think about how best to support children and young people through their transitions. This workshop will proivde an opportunity to consider how these principles can enhance working practice.

  2. Cochlear implants for children – implications for transition
    Sue Archbold The Ear Foundation

    Cochlear implants in children are offering new opportunities and challenges in terms of managing transition – in relation to educational placement and communication mode. This workshop will update you with regard to current research in these areas and the implications for your practice.

  3. Transferring from Children's to Adult Services for those with complex needs
    Bernie White RSDCD Manchester

    The workshop will cover the process of planning transition for people with complex needs, the professionals involved and their contributions to the process. Particular reference will be given to the key roles of Connexions and Transition Social Workers and the mechanisms of support used.
    We will look at progression routes for learners with complex needs and how teachers can support them. Increasingly person-centred planning is being used to support this in its formal and informal sense, the workshop will examine if it can be incorporated into the work with/on behalf of learners.
    We will explore options and application processes for access to further learning/day services/residential support.

  4. Deaf START - working with Post-16 Young Deaf people
    Ian Robinson & Sara Cross, Leeds Service

    The Leeds initiative Deaf START and working with Post-16 Young Deaf people in Leeds looks back at transitions from the end result. Using observation of how students are coping in colleges and universities, with examples of good and bad practices in schools. How transition can support learners moving from schools into the big real world.

  5. Transitions between language programmes
    Dee Dyar, Speech and Language Therapist, Nottingham

    Transition between sign and spoken language, programmes used – assessment – how to encourage change/transition between sign and oral

  6. Role of a keyworker - transferring from pre-school to mainstream school
    Nicky Ereaut and Alison Holmans, Oxon

    This workshop will explore the keyworker role in the early years in the context of the Every Child Matters framework. Experiences of the way in which the role has developed for pre-school Teachers of the Deaf in Oxfordshire alongside pilots moving towards a multi-agency ‘Team Around the Child’ approach will be shared. ESP materials that support the development of this role, following a family-centred approach, will be identified, as will the ways in which these materials have been used within interagency groups to develop provision to families. The workshop will also focus on the keyworker role during pre-school transitions. What are the areas that need to be considered during transition? What are the mechanisms for information sharing and how does this work in practice?

  7. Childhood to adolescence
    Wendy Eadsforth, RSD Margate

    Areas to be covered will be in relation to:

    1. the process relating to transition into school from other placements. Paper work relating to pre-entry visits, support for parents and pupils leading up to entry into school. Support given to parents on admission day and post-admission review with key staff.
    2. transition between classes/departments and residences for pupils in school. This will include rationale, process and procedures.
    3. transition planning for pupils moving from RSDCM to Westgate College. This will include transitional reviews, Connexions input - careers programmes as well as education and residential programmes.
    4. transition post-Westgate College into either Community Adult Learning Programme or onto other provision.

  8. Connexions service and Transition plans
    Gordon Kerr, The Connexions Centre, Leeds

    What Connexions does in school (Code of Practice duties etc) and then the range of post-school options with support available in employment, training or college.

  9. From deaf pupil to deaf Teacher of the Deaf
    Alison Veal

    Her own experiences in school - a mainstream school as the only deaf child (weekly peri support) then the transition from primary to a secondary school for the deaf (Mary Hare). After working in the Civil Service for a few years Alison decided that she wanted to work with children. She will encourage ToDs to teach PATHS or Deaf Studies, to allow the deaf children to possibly become happier and well-adjusted individuals. The importance of having deaf rôle models in school will be explained.

  10. Primary to secondary transfer
    Bill Wilson, Thomasson Memorial School & Service for Sensory Impaired

    Transition from Primary school to Secondary placement

    1. Transition from the view point of:
      1. school - the need for information and for the school staff to feel confident
      2. child - needs to feel relaxed and comfortable
      3. parents - need to be reassured and feel the child is happy
    2. Transition from different settings
      1. mainstream
      2. HIUs/Schools for the Deaf
    3. Transition Process
      1. professional working practices - role of practitioners
      2. pupil transition booklet - use of ICT
    The presentation will focus on the fact that Transition needs to be a process that is child-centred and involves the pupil throughout.It is not merely something that is 'done to' Year 6 children.

  11. Transition to Adulthood
    Paul Manthorpe, Oxfordshire

    This workshop will explore the issues around transition to adulthood for deaf young people. The experience of setting up a multi-agency group to work on developing transition support for young deaf people in Oxfordshire will be shared.This will include identification of the need, how the multi-agency group was engaged, who is involved, how the ‘voice of the child’ is considered and the group’s remit. Activities identified for multi-agency development will be looked at alongside initial outcomes.

  12. Exhibition
    Presentations by Oticon, Phonak, PC Werth - these may be arranged during the lunchtime period to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be present.