Resource | 23.03.2020 | By Teresa Quail

Supporting deaf education during the Coronavirus pandemic – resources from BATOD members and others

Thank you to BATOD members and our professional peers for the resources and/or signposting to resources to support parents and colleagues during the unique period.

Action Deaf Youth (Northern Ireland)
Action Deaf Youth has started uploading daily resources onto a private Facebook group for families of deaf children in NI.  The resources are targeted at families with deaf children aged 0 to 8 years and include ideas for home play activities to support ongoing development and learning through play, signed nursery rhymes and signed books.

For further information contact Julie by email or text on 07563 912687

BATOD & UK Assistive Listening Technology Working Group

BATOD and the UK Assistive Listening Technology Working Group have published this document which summarises care and maintenance of equipment, including radio aids, but signposts to manufacturers and other websites for the latest information.


Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children

Blanche Nevile School have now launched their very own YouTube channel!.

YouTube link:

Blanche Nevile School have also created a number of high quality BSL stories that can be access on thei Facebook page

Remember you can still follow them on:

CALL Scotland 

CALL Scotland has put together a short list of suggestions for Complex Needs Home Learning Resources. They note “it is not an exhaustive list of what’s out there by any means, but it includes some starter resources and ideas for learning at home over the coming weeks”.

A list of suggested resources of activities for parents and their child or young person

Central Institute for the Deaf – Quick tips library 

Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) “offer educational opportunities and resources for children and families as well as professionals (deaf education and general education teachers, speech-language pathologists, auditory-verbal therapists, audiologists, program administrators and others).”

CID’s Quick Tip video series is a collection of videos offering relevant, easy-to-use information for anyone who supports a child with hearing loss. Each video is only 2-3 minutes long.



Cochlear are excited to announce the launch of a series of free education webinars on hearing implants.

The webinars will focus on the patient journey and are aimed at audiologists/ENT/other hearing health professionals who do not work directly with hearing implants.

Introduction to hearing implants – Wednesday 27th May, 1300 BST                                                                                                Register Here

This webinar will introduce you to Cochlear’s Engagement team, the Cochlear Peer Network and support we can provide to you and your clinic/department. It will also give an overview of cochlear implants and Baha with a focus on candidacy criteria. Case studies will be used to integrate the learnings.

Getting into the swing of Baha – Thursday 4th June, 1300 BST                                                                                                           Register Here

How to get into the swing of Baha – we will give an overview of Baha candidacy looking at the different hearing loss indications. Concluding with a review of Baha system options available and the features and power of the range of Cochlear Baha 5 sound processors.

Beyond hearing aids – cochlear implant myth busting – Wednesday 10th June, 1300 BST                                                        Register Here

This session will give you an overview of the current NICE guidance for cochlear implants and we will look at several common myths that may stand in the way of a successful referral.

Cochlear implant candidacy evaluation- what is involved for my patient? – Thursday 18th June, 1300 BST                      Register Here

What happens to patients when they are referred for cochlear implant assessments?  How can you counsel them as they set off? In this engaging session you will go behind the scenes into the journey of a patient being referred and assessed for potential implantation. Included will be a description of the overall evaluation process, common testing protocols and the experience of switch on.

Don’t forget to register – even if you miss the live session you will be able to catch up with the recorded session at a later date.


CODA UK & Ireland

Link to a wealth of websites signposted by CODA UK & Ireland


Deaf Teachers of the Deaf have published the resources page of their website – https:/

In light of the current Coronavirus situation they have brought forward the release of this page. It has  a lot of useful websites and resources that are accessible to d/Deaf pupils. It will be regularly updated.

Elmfield School for Deaf Children has created some QR codes for their parents to access stories in BSL.

A ToD at the school thought it would be good to share them with you all too.

You can find them on the website: https:

Exeter Academy<

Matt Jenkins, Deaf ToD, from Exeter Academy has signposted the following resource ‘Coronavirus: Deaf Children’s guide to coronavirus in BSL.’

The clips include

Clip 1) What is coronavirus

Clip 2) How virus came from?

Clip 3) How do you know if you have it?

Clip 4) How did it start?

Clip 5) How do we stop coronavirus from spreading?

Clip 6) What must I do?

Clip 7) Life has changed

Clip 8) A factsheet about coronavirus

Frank Barnes School is providing BSL stories via Vimeo

Here is an example: BSL Story – Dear Zoo

Ian Noon, from the National Deaf Children’s Society, has made the following comments about some of the software which might be in use:

In terms of accessibility for deaf students, my understanding is that it depends on the software being used

Microsoft Teams/Google Hangouts – both have speech recognition software which can provide live subtitles. As you can guess, the quality of these subtitles is likely to vary depending on the quality of sound and accents

Zoom – a remote STTR or BSL interpreter or CSW can join the call alongside the teacher. Zoom provides some flexibility, I think, on what you see – i.e. you can choose to have a full screen view of just one person, or you can have a ‘gallery’ view of everyone on the call. The STTR text can also appear on screen. The main issue here is around who will pay for any communication support beyond that normally provided.


*** Information for school governors

The British Psychological Society has produced brief  guidance for headteachers on how headteachers can look after staff wellbeing – Teacher resilience.

Video Conferencing and GDPR 

Safer use of Zoom


Inferential reading in BSL

Jamie Dow, a deaf teacher from St Roch’s HS in Glasgow has kindly shared his BSL teaching resource on inferential reading as he is an English teacher working with deaf pupils.

He has created  this video in BSL about Coronavirus.

Information from Apple

You can use dictation instead of your keyboard to enter text with many apps and features that use the keyboard on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.​

Leanne’s Signed Stories

BATOD member Leanee has recorded some signed stories on Youtube.  Starting as an activity for Deaf Awareness week to promote Deaf Awareness around her mainstream school setting, Leanne is aiming to upload two stories a week.

Leeds City Council

Leeds Teacher of the Deaf have been working with Cath Smith to create some free resources for young deaf children during lockdown.

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly BSL & SSE

The Very Hungry Caterpillar BSL


Dear Zoo  BSL


The printable resources inc flashcards are available to download here.

Longwill School

Longwill school have added a range of resources to their website for deaf children to use during the COVID19 crisis. Resources include BSL stories, challenges and more. Go to (then open up the pupil resources page on the front page)


The NatSIP Reference Group have brought together materials and guidance in their newsletter plus these additional resources:

Peterborough Local Authority

Peterborough Local Authority have updated their Local Offer with a range of activities to support homeschooling. The resources are presented in KeyStages from early years to post 16.


NDCS tutors are running lessons for families each week over the next 12 weeks, and there are different lessons in each of the nations. The lessons are free.

These are in addition to their online events that they are running during the lockdown to support families:


Norfolk  Virtual School Sensory Support

Norfolk Virtual School Sensory Service have modified the BATOD and the UK Assistive Listening Technology Working Group guidance to user-friendly documents for their schools and families.
The Royal Association for Deaf people has produced a weekly timetable for the period of activities for the duration of the ‘lockdown’.You can access it here via twitter:

The videos are subtitled.

The Elizabeth Foundation

The Elizabeth Foundation has announced

“We are waiving all fees until further notice for our online Let’s Listen and Talk programme so that all families who need it at the current time can benefit from our advice, guidance and information.Along with information, the programme provides hundreds of games and activities to use in the home so parents can support listening and talking for their children with hearing loss from birth to 5 years. Please share and tell your friends 🙂 #deafeducation #letslistenandtalk

Sign up for FREE today at


Twinkle have created home learning and school closure packs and have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. click this link for further information.