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New figures on deaf children’s under achievement at primary school

Posted by Ian Noon on December 13, 2010

Some government statistics on how children do in exams at the end of primary school came out last week. An early Christmas present for data geeks like me from the Department for Education.

Anyhow, what do the figures say about deaf children?

The good news is that deaf children are doing slightly better than they were five years ago.

The bad news is that this is a small consolation given that there are still far too many deaf children not achieving expected levels of progress. In English, a whopping 47% of deaf children left primary school without achieving expected levels of literacy, compared to just 7 of children with no special educational need. The figures are not much better for Maths.

One of the key messages from NDCS’s Hands up for help! campaign is that deaf children are not getting a fair chance to achieve. These new figures pretty much confirm this. The big worry now is that if lots of councils now make cuts to help for deaf children, any small gains will be reversed and an unfair situation will get even more unfair.

What do you think of the figures? As always, leave a comment below to have your say.

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2 Responses to “New figures on deaf children’s under achievement at primary school”

  1. Jeff said

    Just shows the need for a true bilingual and bicultural educational environment in our primary schools – a failure figure of almost seven times that for a hearing child is simply unacceptable and no deaf child should be put in this position full stop.

    Organisations should revise their current practices of “sitting on the fence” especially as there are ample evidence that children who are exposed to “ease of access to” communication from birth do far better than those who do not.

  2. Ian Noon said

    Hi Jeff,

    I’d be interested to know what evidence you’ve come across on this, so that NDCS can add it to their evidence base.

    Thanks,

    Ian

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