Resource | 23.03.2020 | By Teresa Quail

Homeschooling due to coronavirus – suggested resources from BATOD members and others

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

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”.

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

CODA UK & Ireland

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


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.

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.

Frank Barnes School is providing BSL stories via Vimeo. Here is an example:

The Royal Association for Deaf people has produced a weekly timetable for the period of activities for the duration of the ‘lockdown’.

The videos are subtitled.

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:

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.​

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.


The Elizabeth Foundation
The Elizabeth Foundation have 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
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