Central to our child centered multi-modal language and communication approach is our Multi-Disiplinary language team.

This highly specialised team includes Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Audiology Support Staff, Cochlear Implant (CI) rehabilitation support staff, specialist English teachers, British Sign Language (BSL) Tutors and Language Support Teaching Assistants who work together to ensure the best possible outcome for each and every student.

On arrival to Oak Lodge the language team assesses each student’s receptive and expressive language, higher level reasoning and communication skills in English, Sign Supported English (SSE) and BSL.

This is recorded on the school’s innovative student language profile which shows, at a glance, the individual student’s language and communication strengths, areas for development and, over time, how well they have progressed. We aim to match individual students’ needs and help each student to succeed to their full potential.

We want to empower the students to manage their own audiological equipment so that they gain maximum benefit from auditory information.

We invest in ‘state of the art’ technology to inspire students to learn and develop their listening and speaking skills. Our aim is to optimally develop each student’s communication potential; including speech, speechreading and writing development, in addition to their sign language development (both BSL and SSE).

Our goal is for all our students to become confident, competent users of audiological aids as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to increase their future employability by teaching them to use technology well.