Resource | 23.03.2020 | By Teresa Quail

Resources – Supporting deaf education during the Coronavirus pandemic

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


New content (2021)

Technology updates from BATOD

Emma Parker,  interim BATOD Technology officer, shared a very useful update at the June CPD Webinar series.

Google Pixel and Live Caption

Learn more about how Pixel transcribes audio:… *English only. The media material notes “available only on Pixel 2 or newer phones and select other Android phones. Accuracy of Live Caption depends on the quality and clarity of the audio source. Not applicable to music and not available on all media apps. See”

First Call With My Son – Matthew’s True Pixel Story – YouTube


May 2021 the new SignTime service was launched. It connects Apple Store and Apple Support customers with on-demand sign language interpreters. Read more about this and other accessibility updates here

Google Chrome captioning update

Google have updated Google Chrome features to be more inclusive with accessibility for captioning purposes using live captions.

Craig Mill from CALL Scotland created this useful video

Modified LIFE resource

BATOD member and QToD, Clare Randall, modified David Canning’s established and familiar LIFE-UK resource for the current classroom context. Clare has kindly allowed her resource to be made available for use by other members. ‘Assessing how difficult it is to listen with Covid-19 related adjustments in place’.

Tips/Suggestions BATOD Region and Nations Groups

BATOD Scotland

Thank you to BATOD Scotland Vice Chair, ToD, Amanda Mc Namara, for co-delivering the recent Google for Education webinar ‘Accessibility for Teachers of Learners with Deafness’


Weblinks recommended during their recent Air n’ Share session: 


Thank you to the following services for sharing their resources:

Education Authority Northern Ireland

Advice for schools to support access to online learning and guidance about face covering

Accessibility and Remote Learning for deaf students document plus appendix 

Waltham Forest

Hayley, an audiology technician/deaf role model for send success, has shared an video example illustrating the impact of a teacher wearing a mask in lessons. The background noises of a classroom is used to show how difficult it is for a deaf person in class.

Wandsworth Hearing Support Service

Wandsworth Service has updated their website with a resource for mainstream education settings ‘Accessibility and Inclusion for Deaf Learners – Face Coverings’

Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service

Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service Face coverings

Haringey Sensory Support Service

Haringey Sensory Support Service advice to secondary settings

Norfolk Virtual School Sensory Support

Guidance on wearing masks

Audiology guidance for schools

Audiology guidance for families

Peterborough City Council

Peterborough City Council March 2021 advice on face masks and deaf students


Face coverings – research

Moog Centre for Deaf Education The effects of face coverings and remote microphone technology


Google for Education Webinar sessions

Google for Education has planned two webinar events.  Each session will have a BSL interpreter. The first event

‘Accessing the curriculum for all’ recording available here

“In this session, we are focusing on tools that can support learners with hearing impairments. With input from teachers supporting hearing impaired children, you will learn about the captioning options available across Google for Education tools, as well as other device options and tools that can allow children to curate their learning environment to fit their needs.”

Register here

For further information visit

Split screen 

These links help to show how to split the screen

Top Tips for Making Remote Learning Accessible for Deaf Pupils

Thank you to the Wandsworth Hearing Support Service for this resource that is available via their website

For Teaching Assistance and Teachers of the Deaf who are working with students in schools 

Thank you to Dominic Caswell  (DToD & Ed Aud) for the contribution
In my provision based in a mainstream school, we have 1:1 staff for supporting our HI students, all in one (large) room so having 4 different lessons sounds coming out of 4 different computer speakers is not going to be productive to anyone’s learning.  We set up that each student uses their radio aid to hear the teacher and the TA/Ed Coms use the MyLink or MLx Audio checker (with Link) to “hop” onto the students radio aid to listen in and then are able to support students… This enables students to hear with the optimal clarity in a quiet environment – Just be aware that the TA devices use the 2.5mm audio port not the 3.5mm audio port so either the correct size headphone plug or an adaptor is required. Also it cannot be used while charging.

Furthermore, on the issue of talking to teachers when the audio port is used: when joining the “meeting” on the joining page, you can change the default microphone (and speakers etc) to a different device such as the computer’s microphone and not the audio port.


Speech to text

Speech to text readiness checklist (from success for kids with hearing loss website)

Live translate app (for android phone) A speech to text tool to aid conversations for some learners  – recommended by Madeline Hickey, Specialist Lead-Sensory, National Council for Special Education (NCSE) (Republic of Ireland). It worked well with the Southern Irish accent!


Captioning ideas


Did you know?

Google for Education

MS Teams:


Microsoft has a Education section linked to hearing access needs-

Roger Technology

Using Roger Technology for classroom speech to text solutions

Using Roger Multi Media Hub in the Classroom



Direct audio streaming from a compatible Apple or Android device is possible with the N7 via the Nucleus Smart App.

You can stream from an Apple iPad or Apple or Android Smartphones:

You cannot directly Bluetooth to an auxiliary device.  To stream audio from a laptop etc you can connect the MiniMic 2+.


Ipads (CALL Scotland)

Resources for Other disability profile needs –



The NCSE (National Council for Special Education) have developed a series of short video clips to support:



As the UK endures a third lockdown, this article by Shirley Wilson (NSPCC) provides many useful links



Online learning accessibility guidelines for deaf children and young people

Deaf friendly remote teaching- a checklist for teachers



Thank you to Suzanne Churcher (QToD) ( for this parental support resource ‘Tips for online learning


NDCS coronavirus blogs – updates (December 2020)

NDCS announced “we have made a few updates/additions to our live coronavirus blogs.

1)    We have updated our blogs on exams with the latest information on plans for exams in summer 2021

Exams – blog for professionals

Exams – blog for parents

2)    We have developed two short videos/vlogs for parents on their rights in education. Links to these have been added to our education blog for parents

Face masks – vlog

Changes to education support – vlog

Schools and other education settings – blog for parents

3)    We have updated a resource on making resources accessible, and added this to our education blog for professionals

How to make resources accessible to deaf children and young people – updated resource

Education – blog for professionals

4)    We have produced a PDF version of our deaf friendly remote teaching checklist blog for teachers. This PDF version can be handed out, as appropriate.

Deaf friendly remote teaching checklist – PDF handout

Deaf friendly remote teaching checklist – blog

For reference, our full list of live coronavirus blogs for families and professionals can be found below. We do our best to update these as quickly as possible as needed. As always, any feedback on these blogs and these updates will be very helpful.


Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) – including information in BSL

Schools and other education settings

Support for home learning

Moving on from school or college


Audiology services and hearing care at home

Face masks and communication

Disability benefits

How to support your child and keep them safe online


Education (including information about school re-openings, handling radio aids and remote support)

Post-14 transitions


NHS hearing services

Supporting families

Safeguarding considerations

Deaf friendly remote teaching checklist


Contributions from Conor Mervyn (BATOD NEC  and BATOD NI committee member, member of the D/deaf Teacher of the Deaf Group)

Signposting for supporting mainstream teachers with a hearing loss (congenital or acquired/sudden onset):

Articles written by deaf professionals about using online platforms for meetings if you need to raise awareness amongst colleagues via the deaf awareness website – Limping Chicken

Tips for working remotely online if you are deaf with BSL videos

Tips for using remote captioning and other useful resources for deaf people

An article on Zoom concentration fatigue from a deaf perspective:

Microsoft Accessibility: to support teachers with hearing loss or additional needs in improving accessibility on platforms such as Microsoft Teams etc.

If mainstream teachers find it difficult to hear pupils due to classroom noise levels, in case anyone needs a visual resource to monitor classroom noise, check out the link

Information about the D/deaf Teachers of the Deaf website: 

There is a Facebook page that you should find easily enough, which is UK-wide and is open to mainstream teachers with a hearing loss/deafness. It is a support forum to meet peers with deafness/hearing loss. and

There is a Northern Ireland Teachers with hearing loss Facebook group too which may be relevant to your colleagues.

Action on Hearing Loss (This project is specific to Northern Ireland only)

Action on Hearing Loss has provided support to mainstream teachers with hearing loss and are able to do so via the workable programme (see link). Mainstream colleagues would be able to apply for Access to Work if criteria is met see link below.

Access to Work information:

Action on Hearing Loss workable programme Northern Ireland:

Teacher wakes up with hearing loss and receives support from Action on Hearing Loss

Education Authority (Northern Ireland)

The Education Authority Equality Unit has information for mainstream schools (probably more relevant for the NAHT NI) for schools wishing to book sign language interpreters to communicate with deaf parents who are sign language users (BSL or ISL) – How to contact the EA to request BSL or ISL interpretation – Sign Language videos to signpost for parents if needed.

The Education Authority (Equality Unit) has created a series of videos with BSL and ISL translation for deaf parents. This series of videos has been created to help parents, particularly newcomer families who may be refugee-experienced, with issues they may encounter when their children first attend school and throughout their education. Although all children and young people and parents would find them useful.

To watch the videos ISL/BSL

Education Authority Information on restart section of website – click on the link and scroll for SEN to get more information on advice and guidance for mainstream teachers supporting pupils with SEN.

Contributions from the Assistive Listening Technology Group

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.

Cleaning hearing devices and radio aids – supporting health and safety during Covid-19 v5

Contributions from BATOD webinars

National webinar (Nov 2020)

The accessible recording of the first BATOD National webinar is now available. The webinar features the two keynote speakers: Dr Helen Willis and international speaker, Emmie Wienhoven.

Dr Helen Willis – The future for the cyborg generations: Helping CI users live in harmony with their technology

Emmie Wienhoven, Project Manager International Knowlede Exchange, Royal Dutch Kentalis. –Literacy for Deaf and hard of hearing children in Uganda and Tanzania.

The recording of the webinar is now available here: Links to the Padlets (that include the Keynotes’ presentations and other materials) have been added to the video description.

Thank you to BATOD National Conference committee, our sponsors and RedBee Media.

Midlands and University of Birmingham (Nov 2020)

The University of Birmingham, with support from BATOD Midland, as part of the Festival of Social Science delivered the webinar ‘Switched on for sound: how one device changed deaf children’s lives forever’. Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi, Senior Lecturer in Deaf Education at the University of Birmingham gave permission for her presentation to be shared – The recording of the event can be found here –

Contributions from Delyth Crook- Educational Audiologist and QToD, member of BATOD East committe

Potential template for use by others:


Contributions from NDCS

As there are so many different products the NDCS are unable to make videos for each products so they created the following library of  video tutorials from each manufacturer and published them as playlists on their YouTube channel.

Phonak products

Cochlear products

Oticon products

GN ReSound products

Reminder – NDCS shared these links via one of their lockdown/home-schooling blogs.


Resources shared during the 2020 summer term

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.

Cleaning hearing devices and radio aids – supporting health and safety during Covid-19 v5


BATOD North (England) delivered a webinar on 4 June  2020. The link for the recorded to view format is available below.

This webinar is the first in a series of webinars that will be produced across the BATOD nations and regions.  BATOD is committed and robustly clear about accessibility for our live events or meetings. In the current Covid-19 situation where webinars and remote meetings are becoming the norm, we recognise there is much to learn about the various video platforms, particularly with regards to application and visibility of BSL interpreters and captioning. We welcome feedback, suggestions, signposting, tips for making sure accessibility is provided on the various video platforms, both for live webinars and recorded to view post live event, particularly from our members who have knowledge and skills in this area. Please contact

BATOD has shared this link which you should be able to view straight after registration.

Topic: BATOD North Technology for the ‘New Normal’
Date: Jun 4, 2020 01:00 PM London

Meeting Recording:

BATOD North (Ryan’s Resources)

BATOD North recently held their first webinar. A BATOD member, Ryan, created the following youtube videos on ‘Tutorial – How to create a video with signed captions in powerpoint’ and ‘Howto add hyperlinks in Microsoft Office and create PDFs’


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 their 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.

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

Dorset Council

Dorset’s Education and Learning, Hearing and Vision Support Services has shared a template for ‘Advice on Management and Cleaning when Returning to School’.


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.

The Leeds ToDs have updated their resources. They have added sign-along Nursery Rhymes to Youtube as well as a 2 extra stories. Check out the new material via this link:

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 (Wales)
NDCS Wales are delivering a webinar for professionals on ‘Current Changes to Education for Deaf Children in Wales’ on 3 July 2020 4-5pm

Their press release explains “Join our expert, Debbie Thomas, for our first live session for professionals working in Wales.

Due to COVID-19, there have been huge changes to how children are educated. In this session, Debbie will be giving an overview of the national picture in Wales.

This will cover:

  • what we know about the current support available for deaf children in Wales – in particular, the impact on children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs
  • our policy response and advice for professionals
  • the implications for deaf children in Wales with plans for the autumn term.

You can find out more information here and book onto the event here:


Keep an eye out as more events will be added covering other aspects such as technology, audiology etc.

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:

Apps for creating captioned videos on mobile devices  – Online Event (Zoom)

17 July 2020, 2 – 3pm (Join by 1:45pm for registration and prompt start)

Do you want to feel more confident about making content accessible for deaf young people?

 Join us for our upcoming information session to find out tips on captioning apps and software that can make your video content accessible to deaf children and young people and can facilitate meetings with deaf colleagues.

Norfolk  Virtual School Sensory Support

Norfolk Virtual School Sensory Service have modified the BATOD and 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:

Scottish Sensory Centre BSL

Scottish Sensory Centre BSL Glossary is a really valuable teaching resource with signs and definitions for Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography and Astronomy.


Seashell Trust’s recent SEND legal webinars with SteveBroach are now available to view via their YouTube channel. Please visit the links below
10 June (children & young adults aged 0-17): 
17 June (young adults aged 18-25)

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.