Dr Brian Shannan

Associate Tutor (Deaf Education)

Background

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Politics and Modern History before undertaking my secondary school teaching qualification (PGCE) in Modern Studies and History at Heriot-Watt University. I became a qualified teacher of the deaf by completing my Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education (Deaf) at the University of Birmingham. With the introduction of new-born hearing screening in Scotland, I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate, Deaf Children and Families (birth-two) at the University of Manchester. I was awarded Chartered Teacher status for my work on ICT, literacy and inclusive practice. I completed an MSc. in Educational Audiology. I worked full-time as the Educational Audiology Manager for Fife’s Deaf Support Service when I began a PhD on the impact of dynamic soundfield on raising attainment and closing the attainment gap with young mainstream learners.

 

I Chaired the Early Years group at the Scottish Sensory Centre which developed the Scottish Standards for Deaf Children (0 - 3) Families and Professionals Working Together to Improve Services (SSC, 2011) and Positive Play for Everyday Play DVD. I was also invited to join the National Under Three Advisory Group which updated the Scottish Early Years Framework - Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland's Children and Families. I was part of the audiology quality improvement group that implemented the Paediatric Quality Standards in Audiology Services across NHS services in Scotland. Most recently I joined the Scottish Government's Records of Deaf Children group that developed a national protocol for collecting and analysing data on the number of deaf young people held by the NHS and local authorities. I am also a member of the Hearing Impairment Network for Children and Young People, a new National Managed Clinical Network which was established in April 2019 as part of NHS National Services Division Scotland.

 

In addition to being the course organiser for Audiology and Audiometry and placement tutor on the Inclusive Education (Deaf Learners) programme, I  am the Head of Service for deaf support in Fife. I was a member of the business working group that implemented newborn hearing screening in Fife. I am a member of the Early Support Team that supports deaf babies identified at birth.

Qualifications

PhD -The Impact of Dynamic Soundfield on Delivering Improvements in Educational Attainment and Closing the Attainment Gap with Young Learners in Mainstream Primary School

MSc - Educational Audiology

Chartered Teacher

PG Cert - Deaf Children & Families (birth - two)

PG  Diploma Special Educational Needs: Deaf 

PGCE

MA (Hons)

 

Postgraduate teaching

I am the course organiser and lecturer on the Audiology and Audiometry course which is part of the Postgraduate Diploma Inclusive Education (deaf learners) programme. I am also a placement tutor on the course. 

Research summary

  • Classroom acoustics and the impact on achievement for learners from the most socially deprived areas of Scotland and those with additional support needs.
  • Importance of early reflections on speech perception.
  • The effect that noise has on cognitive function for students with a sensorineural form of deafness.
  • Supporting families with deaf babies: from sharing the news to starting school.
  • BSL and bilingualism within mainstream education. 

Knowledge exchange

I am also a member of the Hearing Impairment Network for Children and Young People, a new National Managed Clinical Network which was established in April 2019 as part of NHS National Services Division Scotland. 

I was a member of the Scottish Government's Records of Deaf Children group that developed a national protocol for collecting and analysing data on the number of deaf young people held by the NHS and local authorities.

 

 

Conference details

November 2018 - British Academy of Audiology Conference, Liverpool. Dynamic Soundfield: Improving Educational Outcomes for All.

March 2017 - BATOD National Conference - Positive Futures for Deaf Children, University of Manchester. joint presentation with Rachel O'Neill on standardised measures of assessments comparing deaf learners with hearing learners from areas of social deprivation. 

June 2017 - ADEPT Conference, University of Edinburgh. The impact of dynamic soundfield on closing the attainment gap.

September 2011 - Scottish Learning Festival, SEC Glasgow. Early Year Standards for Deaf Children (birth to three). 

Publications 

Shannan, B. (1999), Venerable legacy: Saint Bede and the Anglo-Celtic contribution to literacy, numerical and manual language. George Montgomery and Arthur Dimmock, Scottish Workshop Publications, 1998, 72 pp, ISBN 1 873577 19 2. Deafness & Education International, 1(3), 200-201.

Shannan, B. (2010),  Getting It Right for Every Child: Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs, Early Years Matters

Shannan, B.  & O’Neill, R., (2011), Scottish Standards for deaf children (0-3): Families and Professionals Working Together to Improve Services. Edinburgh: Scottish Sensory Centre

Shannan, B. (2015), A Day in the life of an educational audiologist, Enquire.

Shannan, B & Murphy, T., (2017) Assessing the Classroom, BATOD