Bilingual Education Research Resources

We aim to sign post Parents and Professionals to the latest research developments in Deaf education as well as Bilingualism and technological advances. We are members of the Sign Bilingual Consortium (SBC) where we get access to the latest research papers and articles, some of which we have put links to here. If you come across any other papers that you think would be useful to our community, please email Sonia Talsi, Business Administrator at with the link.

Articles & Research Papers:

Bilingualism and the Education of Deaf Children, Gregory, S. (1996) University of Birmingham

Infants and Children with Hearing Loss Need Early Language Access, Kushalnagar, P. et al, (2010) National Institutes of Health

Language Acquisition for Deaf Children, Humphries et al, (2012) Harm Reduction Journal

Language Planning for the 21st Century: Revisiting Bilingual Language Policy for Deaf Children, Knoors, H and Marschark, M, (2012), Oxford Journals

Practitioner Talk on Deaf Children’s Reading Comprehension: Analysing Multiple Voices, Swanwick, R. et al.(2010), University of Leeds

Links to articles, video clips & websites:

We also are keen to ensure you have as much information as possible through our website so we have also added newspaper articles and weblinks here. Please note that these are not necessarily the views of Frank Barnes School and are merely intended as a resource for interested parties and as a sign post to furher information as we are aware of how difficult it can be to obtain useful information. If you would like to suggest a link / article for us to share, please email with the link.

BBC See Hear Programme Featuring our Leader of Bilingual Practice and Support Staff Governor, Catherine Drew (April 2012)

Evening Standard, September 2010 – ‘Schools are failing London’s deaf Children’

Evening Standard, May 2012 – ‘Deaf Children face Exam Crisis’

NDCS – Additional and Complex Needs: How to Videos for Parents, You Tube

Raising & Educating a Deaf Child – Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Lifelong Bilinguals may have more efficient brains – CNN Health

Research Projects:

Frank Barnes was pleased to be involved in the DCAL Executive Function Research Project in 2012/13. Please click on the link for more information. You can also visit the DCAL website here.

Pupils also participated in research projects on Speech Reading in Deaf Children (DCAL / City University London), and Reading intervention study with young deaf children (UCL).

Karen Simpson is also a member of the Consortium for Research into Deaf Education (CRIDE), whose annual reports into educational staffing and service provision for deaf children in England, Northern Ireland and Wales can be accessed here.

Karen is also working with the BSL coalition and NatSIP (National Sensory Impairment Partnership) as NatSIP were awarded a contract for the provision of specialist information, advice, support and training to improve the outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairments, in the context of the wider SEN reforms. More information about this exciting new development can be found here.

Other useful & interesting links:

NatSIP, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

The agreed purpose of NatSIP is:

  • to improve educational outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment, closing the gap with their peers, through joint working with all who have an interest in the success of these young people.
  • to help children achieve more and fulfil the potential of children and young people who have SI.
  • to promote a national model for the benchmarking of clear progress and impact criteria for children and young people who have SI.
  • to support a well-trained SI workforce responsive to the Government agenda for education.
  • to inform and advise the DfE and other national agencies on the education of children and young people with SI.
  • to promote collaboration between services, schools, professional bodies and voluntary bodies working with children and young people who have SI.
  • to promote collaborative working between education, health and social care professionals in the interest of children and young people who have SI.

For information on all the different NatSIP workstreams, please use this link to the NatSIP Website.

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