Read: Educational support for deaf children in England ‘in complete disarray’ (via Guardian)

Posted on January 8, 2018


The Guardian has a news story today about the lack of support for deaf children in mainstream schools, who are facing a lack of specialist Teachers of the Deaf.


A report by the Consortium for Research into Deaf Education says the number of teachers of the deaf has been cut by 14% in the past seven years, at the same time as a 31% increase in the number of children requiring support.

In some areas the situation is so critical there is just one specialist teacher for every 100 students. Without intervention, researchers say the crisis is likely to worsen, with many existing staff close to retirement.

Susan Daniels, the chief executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society, said despite deafness not being a learning disability, deaf children already fell a whole grade behind their hearing friends at school. Almost 80% of deaf children attend mainstream schools with no specialist provision.


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