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Skye primary school recognised for ‘inclusive nurturing environment’ through deaf awareness project

Representatives from the school Marsan Clutsom, Tara Lancaster and Anne Gillies attended the Highland Council run awards to receive the award for Supporting People to Learn and Thrive from Kirsteen MacDonald
Representatives from the school Marsan Clutsom, Tara Lancaster and Anne Gillies attended the Highland Council run awards to receive the award for Supporting People to Learn and Thrive from Kirsteen MacDonald

A Skye school has been hailed for providing an “inclusive nurturing environment for all learners” after receiving an award for its deaf awareness project.

Macdiarmid Primary School is small in size and previously had no experience of working with deaf children.

It now boasts a programme teaching sign language – and has even set up a signing choir for the local community – all in support of two profoundly deaf children within the school roll of just 29 pupils.

Staff members have all studied for, and are succeeding in their efforts, to achieve a recognised qualification in British Sign Language, with one teacher completing a diploma to qualify as a teacher of the deaf.

All children at the school are now taught British Sign Language to ensure all members of the school community are fully included.

Representatives from the school Marsan Clutsom, Tara Lancaster and Anne Gillies attended the Highland Council run awards to receive the award for Supporting People to Learn and Thrive.

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