Staff Portal

Welcome to the Belong website School Staff Portal.
This portal is divided into two sections. The first section includes the Belong Curriculum with lessons for you to use in the classroom to support the social and emotional learning of your students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
The background information & tips section will help you learn more about how to support students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
You can also access information included in the Parent Portal of this website on the following topics:
Hearing loss and social and emotional needs of children
Communicating with the school
Managing emotions
Effective communication skills
Identity formation and self-image
Internet and social media
Parent and family communication
Bullying prevention

Background information & tips

Tips for teachers

Ask a student who is Deaf or hard of hearing where they would most like to sit in the room. Where possible, a student who is Deaf or hard of hearing will learn best when seated so they can see both the teacher and their peers. This allows them to pick up cues from…

Hearing loss & social and emotional wellbeing

The social, emotional, intellectual and physical aspects of a child’s development are all connected. Each influences the other. It is not uncommon for children who have difficulties that affect them socially and emotionally to also face challenges in meeting the…

Mechanics and types of hearing loss

The ear is a complex organisation of skin, bones, fluids and nerve cells. It receives sound waves, processes them and sends them to your brain. The brain processes these signals which enables you to hear. This all happens almost instantaneously. Sound travels in…

Hearing loss and educational outcomes

Students who are Deaf or hard of hearing can experience a range of difficulties at school that can impact their educational outcomes. When starting school students who are Deaf or hard of hearing may not have age appropriate language, and for those attending…