About | 01.11.2017 | By Paul Simpson

Reports to NEC by BATOD NI representatives

 

 

10-06-17

Regional/National information and events report

The Education Authority of Northern Ireland has started the process of amalgamating all the regions and has appointed an interim Head of Sensory Support, Margaret Mullan who started in mid-January and was supposed to be leaving at the end of March but has agreed to stay on until end of June. The EA is currently advertising the vacancy of Head of Sensory Support Service. No mention has been made as to whether they still plan to have a ‘senior teacher’ in both Hearing and Vision services to support them. Margaret has met with all the regional teams to find common practices for the Service Review. We are meeting with Margaret and hopefully the Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Clare Mangan, in June, where we should be given further information.

Committee meetings report

The committee met in May to discuss the training day we are organising for the 9th June, the day before the June NEC, to confirm the final details. We are unable to have our usual training day in August this year due to the changes that are currently taking place in the Education Authority, so we have no planned events for a while.

13-03-17

Regional/National information and events report

The Teachers of the Deaf in N Ireland were very lucky to have an excellent training day from Mary Hare School on 23rd February. Head Teacher of the Primary School Pam Robinson and Head of Faculty, English and Literacy, Josephine Walsh covered three areas that we had asked for training on: assessments and measuring progress, supporting deaf children’s self-esteem and techniques for teaching English. The day was extremely useful and informative.

The N Ireland ToDs were also offered a training day from the NDCS on underachievement in deaf children and how to improve support for deaf children who are failing to make expected levels of progress. This was also felt to be a very good course which provided lots of positive suggestions.

Committee meetings report

A committee meeting took place on 12th January to discuss topics for our summer meeting and August training day.

 

03-12-16

Regional/National information and events report

The Education Authority of Northern Ireland has started the process of amalgamating all the regions and has appointed an interim Head of Sensory Support, Margaret Mullan, who is due to start any day soon. They are also looking to appoint an enduring Head of Sensory with a ‘senior teacher’ in both Hearing and Vision support to support them. This is still in process.

There is also currently a Service Review being undertaken of the Sensory Support Services within the five regions.

Committee meetings report

Nothing to report.

24-09-16

Regional/National information and events report

At our annual August training day we had our AGM and Frances Clarke from AVUK came over to do some AV training with our members. The day was kindly co-sponsored by Phonak and was very informative and useful.

The Education Authority of Northern Ireland has started the process of amalgamating all the regions and appointing an interim Head of Sensory to start in October and at the same time is looking to appoint an enduring Head of Sensory with a ‘senior teacher’ in both Hearing and Vision support to support them.

Committee meetings report

Nothing to report.

18-06-16

Regional/National information and events report

Nothing to report.

Committee meetings report

A committee meeting took place on 19th April to discuss topics for our summer meeting and August training day.

Planned events for the next 12 months

Date topic venue contact
21st June 2016 Meal and Retirement party for two HOS Belfast Rebecca Millar
25th August 2016 BATOD NI Training Day and AGM Antrim Rebecca Millar

Name and Position of person who wrote the report: Rebecca Millar BATOD NI rep

13-03-16

Regional/National information and events report

The Teachers of the Deaf in N Ireland were very lucky to have an excellent training day from Mary Hare School on 23rd February. Head Teacher of the Primary School Pam Robinson and Head of Faculty, English and Literacy, Josephine Walsh covered three areas that we had asked for training on: Assessments and measuring progress, Supporting deaf children’s self-esteem and Techniques for teaching English. The day was extremely useful and informative.

The N Ireland ToDs were also offered a training day from the NDCS on Underachievement in deaf children and how to improve support for deaf children who are failing to make expected levels of progress. This was also felt to be a very good course which provided lots of positive suggestions.

Committee meetings report

Committee meeting took place on 12th January to discuss topics for our summer meeting and August training day.

Planned events for the next 12 months

Date topic venue contact
April 2016 Committee meeting Lisburn Rebecca Millar
June 2016 tbc Summer meeting Belfast Rebecca Millar
August 2016 BATOD NI Training Day and AGM Belfast Rebecca Millar

Name and Position of person who wrote the report: Rebecca Millar BATOD NI rep

 

 

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