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All the signs of a great challenge

Teacher of the deaf Stanley Road primary school Oldham

Inclusion in practice - that's what's on offer at Stanley Road primary school, where the hearing-impaired service for Oldham is based. The school supports children with a full range of impairments. Oldham has invested heavily in a service that aims to offer the best possible provision for its pupils.

The team at Stanley Road includes a teacher and two lead support assistants, but the school has six staff able to offer signing support.

Ofsted inspected last year and said that the "most impressive aspect of the provision is the way in which the whole school, both pupils and staff, has shown commitment to supporting their needs". There are some very un-Ofsted-like examples given of the practical ways that the schoolsupports children through the day.

What is even more remarkable is that a few years ago it was in special measures and facing seemingly intractable problems. Chris Green Hughes took over as head and began a transformation that saw the school become the most improved primary in the North West.

The new teacher will lead the small team at the school, reporting to Chris Green Hughes and Julie Sweeting, who heads the hearing- impaired service in the borough.

Contact Julie Sweeting for more information. Tel: 0161 911 3110.

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