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Supporting Students with a Hearing Impairment (SSHI)

2 hours (online) - £50 for five logins, £5 for additional logins

This 2 hour course is suitable for anyone who works with students of any age who have a Hearing Impairment or are Deaf, including teachers, support assistants, counsellors and parents.

The course will cover:

  • Different types of deafness
  • Awareness of the difficulties faced by deaf students in a mainstream classroom
  • The importance of liaison between all professionals involved
  • Strategies to give deaf students greater access to education

The course tutor is Derek Heppenstall.

Derek Heppenstall

Derek Heppenstall

Derek is a Teacher of the Deaf who has worked for many years modifying examination language for Awarding Bodies. He has represented the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf in liaising with the ABs and compiled the BATOD ‘Language of Examinations’ booklet. He has also acted as an external adviser for Ofqual’s research into language modification. He prepares and presents the courses on Language Modification for both CIEA and Communicate-ed.

Courses can be viewed in either of the following ways:

  1. Each member of staff has an individual login and accesses the training on their own device. This has the advantage of flexibility, as the course can be accessed at a time/place to suit the individual (in school/college or at home). OR
  2. A group of staff accessing the course together at the same time. For this we recommend that you use a digital projector and large screen with speakers to amplify the presentation. This has advantage of group interaction and monitoring of involvement.

Each login will give access to the chosen course for 10 consecutive days and the course (or parts of the course) can be accessed as many times as required within this 10-day period.

Our course tutors can come to your school or college to run the training face to face. Please email for more information (admin at communicate-ed dot org dot uk).

To view our 5 minute Introduction to Communicate-ed Online video please CLICK HERE.

For nearly two decades we have been running courses across the country, aiming to provide high quality, value for money training for education professionals working in the area of special needs. Many of our delegates are telling us that it is increasingly difficult for busy professionals to take the opportunity to attend courses ‘off-site’. In response to this, we now offer a number of online training courses, focusing on Examination Access Arrangements, Assessment, and Supporting SEN Students.

With the internet now so accessible, the advantages of online courses are clear:

  • They can be accessed at the delegate’s convenience, in the workplace or home
  • Delegates don’t need to travel, saving time and transport costs
  • Running costs are lower, allowing us to pass savings on to our delegates

Courses can be viewed at any time, and in any venue where there is a good internet reception.

As standard, you will have 10 days (or for some courses 20 days) from the start date you choose, to login and view the course. You can run the course as many times as you want to within this 10/20 day period. We also run special offers for some courses which give unlimited access to courses to the end of an academic year.

N.B. Delegates will need a good broadband connection to access our online courses.

There is an optional multiple choice assessment to participate in after accessing the training. There are 15 questions randomly chosen from a bank of 30 and you will have 15 minutes to complete the assessment. There is no pass mark, this is simply an activity to help consolidate the information you have learned on the course. If you choose an incorrect answer you will be able to see the correct answer when you have completed the assessment.


  • First five logins £50.00

How do I book?

You can book online using the form below. You can Pay online, or we can supply you with an invoice.

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You will have 10 days from this date to access the course content.


Extra Logins

Every login includes one assessment

Delegates 10-day course Access to end of academic year
2-5 Included in course price
6 and beyond £5 pp

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