Deaf children being left behind by education system

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The National Deaf Children's Society has highlighted the challenges that young people with hearing impairments face

5th August 2019 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

Deaf children are being let down by education in Scotland, a charity has said.

The National Deaf Children’s Society has said youngsters with hearing difficulties are eight times more likely to leave school with no qualifications.

Almost a third (29%) of deaf school leavers go to university, compared to 45% for hearing students.

The society has called for action to address the achievement gap, including the introduction of a bursary to train specialist teachers.

Alasdair O'Hara, the head of the charity's campaign in Scotland, said: "Deaf children arrive at school with amazing potential only for many to be left behind.

"While some are achieving excellent results and going on to their dream jobs, these results show that many more are being let down by the education system they rely on.

"We know that every deaf child can thrive at school if they receive the right support, but until the funding for that is put in place, many will continue to struggle."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We want all children and young people to get the support that they need to reach their full learning potential, including those with sensory impairments.

"The Additional Support for Learning Act places education authorities under duties to identify, provide for and review the additional support needs of their pupils.

"The Scottish Government provides over £500,000 to voluntary sector organisations to support children and young people with sensory impairment and £150,000 to the Scottish Sensory Centre to support training to increase the capacity of staff in schools to provide effective support to pupils with a sensory impairment."