Leeds primary school pupils encouraged to learn sign language

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THE headteacher of a Leeds primary school has said a move to teach children with impaired hearing in classes alongside hearing children is proving a success.

Moor Allerton Hall Primary School welcomed three pupils with impaired hearing in September after setting up a Deaf and Hearing Impaired Team at the school.

It followed a successful application by the school to be the city’s specialist provision for deaf and hearing-impaired children of primary school age.

Headteacher Lesley McKay, said: “The staff and children have all embraced this opportunity to make the new pupils feel welcome. We have been learning British Sign Language and encouraging children to use it wherever they feel comfortable. We have also been learning about and understanding the effects and impact being hearing impaired can have on a person.”

She added: “We firmly believe it is essential that our children learn about differently abled people at an early age, together with multiculturalism and understanding of religious beliefs, to provide a grounding for later life.”

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