Henry Hepburn

The school where hearing loss is no barrier to success

Stigma and ignorance about hearing impairment still persist and, too often, young people are not supported to achieve their academic potential. But one North Lanarkshire secondary is bucking the trend, writes Henry Hepburn

How one North Lanarkshire secondary school is support students with hearing difficulties to succeed

Dalziel High doesn’t have a hearing impairment unit. That might come as a surprise to those who could have sworn there’s been one at the school for decades, who have distinct memories of reading in the local paper about its pupils’ achievements, who might even know people who went to the unit. And yet, it doesn’t exist.

What Dalziel High in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, does have is an HID: a hearing impairment department. And this, apparently subtle, difference is about more than tricksy semantics – the favoured moniker echoes the school’s entire philosophy around pupils with hearing ...

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