Hearing Impaired

"What matters deafness of the ears when the mind hears?"
Victor Hugo


  • Mrs J. Agnew (DHT)
  • Miss P. Airlie
  • Miss F. Boyle
  • Mrs S. Donnelly
  • Mrs E. Harris (Peripatetic)
  • Miss L. Kinstrie
  • Mrs A. McDermott
  • Mrs P. Nielsen
  • Mrs Y. Savage
  • Mrs R. Skirka
  • Mrs J. Watson

The hearing impaired pupils attending Dalziel High School have a severe to profound hearing loss. This can have serious implications for the development of language and speech, which in turn may affect educational achievement across the curriculum.

In order to maximise their learning, individual and group support is provided from Teachers of the Deaf in mainstream classes. In addition, tutorials are provided in the Hearing Impaired Department. The level and type of support is tailored to the needs of each pupil. This ensures that pupils are given the opportunity to take advantage of the widest possible range of educational experiences.

Hearing impaired pupils have full access to the mainstream curriculum. Teachers of the Deaf, trained in all aspects of deaf education including speech and language development, work in conjunction with mainstream staff to maximise each pupil’s potential. The Department uses a natural oral approach, supported by the use of Soundfield Speaker Systems in almost every room in the school.

Partnership with other Agencies

In order to support our deaf pupils, the department works in collaboration with various external agencies such as Audiology, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychological Services, Social Work and Skills Development Scotland. We have positive links with deaf agencies such as NDCS, WSDCS and Action on Hearing Loss.

Partnership with Parents

We work very closely with the parents and carers of our deaf pupils to ensure that the individual needs of their children are being met. This is achieved through regular review meetings, involvement in ASP/CSPs, Parents’ Evenings and our own department’s Parent Information/Social Evenings.

Whole School Activities

Pupils are involved in all aspects of school life - taking part in School Shows, Choral Shield, school excursions such as the English Department’s visit to London, Outward Bound and visits to the Scottish Parliament. In addition, our pupils participate in a number of sporting events throughout the school year such as the girls’ football team, indoor and outdoor sports events, cross country races and inter-house events.

HID Sporting Activities

Deaf pupils at Dalziel are given the opportunity to participate in an annual Deaf Football Tournament and take part in weekly training sessions in preparation for this. The pupils also compete in Disability Scotland’s Athletics Championships.

Positive Destinations

Over the years, deaf pupils at Dalziel have gone on to a variety of positive destinations such as higher education, further education and employment. Currently some of our former pupils are employed in areas such as journalism, Government statistics, pharmacy, sports and leisure and retail.

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Action Hearing Loss
Action Hearing Loss

NHS Lanarkshire - Audiology
NHS Lanarkshire - Audiology

Scottish Sensory Centre
Scottish Sensory Centre

Soundfield Information


Royal Hospital for Children
Royal Hospital for Children