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Charity warns children with hearing loss could be left behind

01 Feb 2012

Children with hearing loss could be left behind from the government's drive to improve literacy and numeracy, the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) has warned.


Key Stage Two results published in December show that deaf children are still failing to attain good standards of literacy and numeracy, which the society attributes to a lack of specialist support in the classroom. This situation will be exacerbated when local authorities go ahead with plans to cut services for deaf children, it added.

Nearly two-thirds of deaf children are leaving primary school without achieving good academic standards, compared with just 19 per cent of children without special educational needs, the report revealed. The NDCS is urging councils around the country not to cut specialist Teachers of the Deaf from their budgets.

"Even though deafness is not a learning disability, it is going to be almost impossible for deaf children to make up this lost ground at secondary school," said Jo Campion, deputy director of policy and campaigns at the NDCS. "Unless councils protect the vital support that deaf children need to learn, we are going to see them falling even further behind."

In August, the charity took legal action against Stoke-on-Trent City Council over its cuts to educational support for children with hearing loss, after the authority halved the number of visiting Teachers of the Deaf it supports.

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