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Hi! I am a deaf year 12 student, and I have just finished work experience in a mainstream primary school. During this week, I have found it extremely hard to hear (which I've never previously struggled with as a student), and have realised my original plan of becoming a primary teacher is unrealistic. Although, I was thinking ... there is a possibility I could become a teacher in a deaf school! Does anybody know what steps I would have to take to become a primary school teacher in a deaf school? I am fully aware of the steps needed to work in a mainstream school but am unsure about deaf schools? Please can someone give me advice?! Thank you so much!
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You should be good with signs and stuffs. But that’s a good step tbh. Working in such position is definitely great. Hopefully you do well.
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(Original post by Loukati)
Hi! I am a deaf year 12 student, and I have just finished work experience in a mainstream primary school. During this week, I have found it extremely hard to hear (which I've never previously struggled with as a student), and have realised my original plan of becoming a primary teacher is unrealistic. Although, I was thinking ... there is a possibility I could become a teacher in a deaf school! Does anybody know what steps I would have to take to become a primary school teacher in a deaf school? I am fully aware of the steps needed to work in a mainstream school but am unsure about deaf schools? Please can someone give me advice?! Thank you so much!
Hi. It's a shame you feel like you're not able to work in a conventional classroom- are you sure there's no adjustments that could be made to make this possible?

AFAIK, most teachers in deaf schools will have come through a conventional PGCE type route and will have specialized in SEN after starting their careers. However it sounds like at the moment you don't think this would work for you.

Deaf schools will also employ TAs, and associate staff such as speech and language therapists. If you could find a role of this kind, it's possible you could progress to being a teacher via an "assessment only" route- more details here:
https://getintoteaching.education.go...ssessment-only

Probably your best source of information would be to contact a specialist deaf school and see if you could arrange work experience there.

You might also be interested in an undergraduate degree that includes some study of SEN- more details here:
https://digital.ucas.com/search/resu...mPostcode=25mi
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Okay thank you guys for your advice. I think I am going to ask the different uni's I'm visiting for their take on it and email some teachers of deaf to see if they can share any knowledge. Thank you. : )
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Okay thank you guys for your advice. I think I am going to ask the different uni's I'm visiting for their take on it and email some teachers of deaf to see if they can share any knowledge. Thank you. : )
That sounds like a good plan!
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