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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-19-08

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Deaf children in North West likely to fall a whole grade behind peers at GCSE

GOVERNMENT figures show that deaf children across the North West of England are likely to fall a whole grade behind their peers in their GCSE's.  With thousands getting their results this week, the National Deaf Children's Society is urging the Government, local authorities and health bodies to provide the support needed to close the GCSE attainment gap between deaf and hearing children.  Hazel Badjie, North West Director for the National Deaf Children's Society, said:- "Deafness is not a learning disability; with the right support, there's no reason why deaf children can't achieve the same things as their hearing friends. Sadly, this data suggests they're not getting that support."

The charity is particularly concerned about deaf children in Bury, following council plans to reduce specialist support and a recent Ofsted / CQC inspection finding "significant areas of weakness" in local services for children with special educational needs and disabilities.  "As school gates re open this week, Bury City Council must reconsider their plans to cut vital support services. This gap in GCSE attainment shows deaf children need more support, not less; so the focus now should be on improving outcomes, not on cutting costs," added Jessica Reeves, the charity's Campaigns Manager.

The charity has also challenged Council proposals in Cumbria, to close specialist support units for deaf children in mainstream schools. To find out more, visit:- NDCS.Org.UK for more information.


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