Award for deaf school

PUBLISHED: 12:16 26 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:19 03 May 2010

EXCELLENCE in communication may not be the first thing one thinks of in connection with a school for the deaf. But Heathlands School has won a BT Schools Award worth £3,000 mainly for its commitment to speaking and listening (signing and watching). The St

EXCELLENCE in communication may not be the first thing one thinks of in connection with a school for the deaf. But Heathlands School has won a BT Schools Award worth £3,000 mainly for its commitment to speaking and listening (signing and watching). The St Albans school was one of 200 winners chosen from more than 750 entries for promoting excellent communication skills within the classroom, school and in their community. Head teacher Mabel Davis said: "It is a further endorsement of the high standard of teaching and learning at the school and the achievements of the pupils. It also demonstrates that effective and meaningful dialogue is not just a matter of speaking and listening. The capacity of deaf children to enter into meaningful dialogue is just as effective through watching and signing and this is now being recognised by Ofsted." The school will receive £1,000 in prize money, DVD players and resources and a BT Drama Workshop.

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