Dr Jackie Salter

Dr Jackie Salter


I am privileged to be a Lecturer in Deaf Education, managing the MA Deaf Education (ToD) Programme and contributing to the management of the MA SEN Programme. As an experienced primary school teacher and teacher of the deaf, I began training teachers in 2008 as Education Coordinator at The Ear Foundation and as a Regional Tutor here at Leeds.

I am currently a member of British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) NEC, National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) Reference Group and Consortium for the Research in Deaf Education (CRIDE). I am Book Review Editor for Deafness and Education International.


  • Programme Leader MA Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf)
  • Deputy Programme Leader MA SEN/
  • Disability Officer, Academic Intergrity Lead

Research interests

My research interests focus on understanding the manner in which deafness shapes individuals’ perceptions of their experiences and understanding of their world. Through adopting a holistic approach deafness is identified as a formative experience at any age and particularly in childhood, where it influences language, cognitive, social and emotional development. I am currently bringing this perspective to exploring learning in a mainstream classroom; language development and musical perception. I am also very interested in understanding the role of music in young deaf children and young peoples’ lives and to support their engagement in the musical social culture of adolescents.

My recently completed PhD research investigating the learning experience of deaf students in mainstream secondary schools from teaching assistants’ perspectives and has provided new insight into the nature of the challenges deaf students encounter. In addition it has highlighted that the presence of both a teaching assistant and a deaf student in a mainstream classroom influences the nature of the relationships that aim to facilitate learning.

I recently contributed to the “Hearing Aids for Music” research project as Post Doctoral Research Fellow exploring the music listening behaviour of people with hearing impairments with Dr Alinka Greasley. I am also involved with Professor Ruth Swanwick developing a new understanding of deafness and language which recognizes deaf children’s rich and diverse use of signed and spoken languages. This involves development of a language planning profile aimed to capture the full repertoire of deaf children’s language skills.

Research projects

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Student education

I am Programme Leader on the MA in Deaf Education (TOD). This online blended distance education programme has recently been re-approved by the DFE to offer the mandatory Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) award. I am involved with the teaching, assessment and evaluation of all aspects of this programme and work with stakeholders and regional tutors to train and support the professional development of teachers of the deaf across the national context. In addition I am contributing to the management of the MA SEN Programme and supporting colleagues in the Childhood, Education and Social Justice Academic Group with programme assessment.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Childhood, Education and Social Justice

Postgraduate research opportunities

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