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NDCS: ’Government starving local councils of funding’ as deaf children fall behind classmates

An analysis by the National Deaf Children’s Society has found that only 30.6% of deaf children in England achieve a strong GCSE result.

This compares to 48.3% of children with no special education needs, while 57% of deaf children fail to reach expected levels in reading, writing and maths in Sats tests at the end of primary, compared with 26% of children with no SEN.

Chief executive of the NDCS, Susan Daniels, said:

“These figures show the true depth of the crisis engulfing deaf education in this country.

“Meanwhile, the government is starving local councils of funding, meaning their support is cut back and their specialist teachers are being laid off.

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“The government needs to address the gap in results urgently and begin to adequately fund the support deaf children need.

“It promised every child in this country a world-class education, but until deaf and hearing children progress and achieve at the same level, it is failing to deliver and that is utterly unacceptable.”

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said:

“Our ambition for children with special educational needs and disabilities, including those who are deaf, is exactly the same for every other child – to achieve well in education, and go on to live happy and fulfilled lives.

“We recognise that local authorities are facing cost pressures on high needs and that there is more to do which is why in December 2018 we announced an additional £250m in funding for high needs over this and next year.”