Bus stops off to help hearing impaired pupils in Hartlepool

West View primary School pupils Tyler Owens (left) and Bobby Black-Hawks on the listening bus with Ruth Kelly (national deaf childrens society).
West View primary School pupils Tyler Owens (left) and Bobby Black-Hawks on the listening bus with Ruth Kelly (national deaf childrens society).

A SPECIALIST bus which tours the UK offering support to youngsters with hearing impairments stopped off at a Hartlepool primary school for the day.

Six hearing impaired pupils at West View Primary School got the chance to try out the many activities aboard the National Deaf Children’s Society Listening Bus as well as receiving support and advice off experts on hand throughout the day.

Parents were also invited in to the school yesterday to benefit from the experience while other schools were also made welcome, giving youngsters with hearing impairments across the town the opportunity to make the most of the visit.

The Listening Bus has been travelling the UK since 1996, offering a range of workshops and demonstrations involving the latest state-of-the-art equipment.

Terry Bailey, from the Hearing Impaired Service, who works with schools across Teesside, said: “The idea of the bus is to visit schools across the UK letting children who have hearing impairments know they are not alone.

“It offers support and advice that can help them but it’s also very beneficial for their friends and families.

“It’s about raising awareness, to try and get the children to talk about their hearing loss so they are not upset by it.”

Terry works closely with the children at West View and spends one day working with the children in the school every week.

Natalie Boagey, assistant headteacher and special needs coordinator at the school, in Davison Drive, said: “We were absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to host The Listening Bus for the day.

“We invited parents, other primary schools and secondary schools along and we had an absolutely fantastic response.

“It was extremely beneficial for our children who have hearing impairments who got the opportunity to try out the activities.”