Year 11 students at Caistor Yarborough Academy are in the second year of their Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives course, aimed at developing independent learning skills through research based tasks on a broad range of topics.
Students have a free choice and, as there are no text books to refer to, have to investigate each piece of work through research, asking experts and setting up interviews with individuals who can extend their knowledge.
They are currently working on a collaborative report based around the topic of language and communication.
The question they are focusing on is “Should the profoundly deaf use medical technology to ‘hear’ when the hearing could embrace sign language?”
Clare Boddy, from the North Lincolnshire Hearing Support Team, and Catherine Waites, a teacher for the deaf, visited the school to help the students produce a balanced report.
“I found the experience very beneficial in that it broadened my knowledge of the deaf education system,” said 16-year-old Chloe Apps.
“The experience will not only aid me in writing my report, it has also made me more ‘deaf aware’.”