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Concerns that deaf pupils are being let down*

by danielbarker on 18 February, 2019

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has expressed concerns over attainment figures that place deaf pupils well behind their classmates.

According to the society’s analysis of last year’s figures, the attainment gap between the two groups first becomes apparent at KS1, where only 53% of deaf pupils achieved the required standard. This dropped to 43% at KS2, whereas the KS1 and KS2 figures for hearing pupils were 84% and 74%, respectively. Given the fact that this disparity extends to GCSE level, the NDCS predicts it will be at least 21 years before the gap can be closed, and has criticised the current lack of funding for additional specialist teachers.

NDCS’s concerns are reflected by parents with funding for deaf children’s education identified as a problem by 82% of parents previously surveyed.

In response, the DfE reiterated its pledge to provide an additional £250m in high needs funding over this and next year. NGA will nonetheless continue to make the case for increased investment in light of the upcoming spending review, see our Funding the Future campaign for more information.

* a National Governance Association article

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