This page is currently out for consultation so that it reflects the new political situation in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has now 1.8 million people in its 6 counties with live births per year of 25,400. The birth rate is rising and the median age of the population is 36.
Education in Northern Ireland is overseen by Dept Education Northern Ireland and is currently administered by five area boards.
|Education and Library Board||Heads of Service|
|BELB (Belfast)||Mrs Joyce Smyth, Senior Teacher, Peripatetic Service for H I Children, BELB|
|NEELB (North Eastern)||Mrs Teresa Degnan Head of Educational Audiology Service, NEELB|
|SEELB (South Eastern)||Mrs Wendy Martin, Head Of Sensory Support Service, SEELB|
|SELB (Southern)||Mrs Rosemary Gardner, Head of Sensory Advice and Support Service, SELB|
|WELB (Western)||Mrs Carmel Mc Carron, Head of Sensory Support Service, WELB|
It is planned that these five boards will be amalgamated into one ESA (Education and Skills Authority) in the near future.
There are, according to the CRIDE survey (Consortium for Research into Deaf Education), at least 1,238 deaf children in NI ( with ‘deaf’ meaning having a permanent hearing loss of any level from mild to profound) and now that NI has had the newborn hearing screen (since October 2005) so many deaf children are now found at or shortly after birth. 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents. Most of these children attend mainstream schools and are supported by Peripatetic ToDs (Teachers of the Deaf) who are employed by the five Education and Library Boards in Services for Hearing Impaired Children.
There are at least 37 ToDs in N Ireland (there are 50 members of BATOD but this includes retired ToDs and others also). As in the rest of the UK, the Mandatory specialist qualification for Teachers of the Deaf is a requirement for those teaching and supporting these children. There appears to have been a 7% reduction in the number of peripatetic Teachers of the Deaf between 2009/10 and 2010/11.
BATOD Northern Ireland Officers in 2012-2013
Useful email addresses and links
Auditory Implant Centre (formerly known as the Regional Cochlear Implant Centre)