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

Soundfield Systems

A guide to research on soundfield systemsStuart Whyte outlines the current research into soundfield systems.
Soundfield Systems15 Jan
Feeling the benefitPatricia Fincham teaches in a Reception class of 14 pupils, in a small rural Norfolk school. In September last year one of her pupils was a little boy who was profoundly deaf but had bilateral cochlear implants. His Teacher of the Deaf suggested that the school should have a Soundfield system installed in the classroom and, ideally, in every area where the little boy would be taught! Although cost meant that it could only be installed in one classroom, Patricia reveals the benefits.
Soundfield Systems15 Jan
A sound investmentLooking to improve the learning environment for her pupils, Sue Banbury weighs up the value of using a Soundfield system in her mainstream school. Tuckswood Community Primary School is located in a council estate in the south of Norwich in Norfolk. Currently 25% of pupils are working at School Action and 11% are working at School Action Plus; 8% of pupils have statements of special educational need. This is well above the national average. Among the many adaptations to the learning environment that needed to be made, the acoustic quality and control of noise in the classrooms was an urgent issue to be resolved, so the school chose to install a Soundfield system.
Soundfield Systems15 Jan
An Essex StudyIn Essex in recent years, a number of parents of deaf children asked for out-of-county places for their children, poor classroom acoustics being one of the issues raised at special educational needs and disability tribunals. Essex County Council sought to address the issue of classroom acoustics and 150,000 was initially allocated to do this. Following a meeting of education officers and teachers (mainstream and specialist) it was decided to take a considered, evidence-based approach to the classroom refurbishment process. Research is currently underway to establish the most suitable classroom environment for the inclusion of deaf pupils in to mainstream school. David Canning, Director of Hear2Learn, discusses the most recent findings.
Soundfield Systems15 Jan