GDA responds to deaf education report
A report by NDCS which has anaylsed government data has found that 44% of deaf pupils achieve two A-levels or equivalent compared with 63% of hearing pupils.
The report goes on to say that fewer than three-quarters of them (73%) will gain five GSCEs or equivalent by the age of 19, compared with 88% of hearing pupils. These worrying statistics only highlight the importance of specialist support for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people.
GDA's CEO, Sharon Bryant has said "GDA supports the need for specialist input for deaf children and young people to help them fully recognise the importance of funding being available for this purpose. This is increasingly the case particularly for those fitted with cochlear implants as they can still remain incredibly isolated from their hearing class mates. In Gloucestershire, our Children and Families Officer works closely with the Teachers for the Deaf to offer holistic support to children and their families to help overcome the barriers to communication faced. We hope that by providing a positive role model and advocating a total communication approach, we can help reduce the frustration and loneliness faced and increase deaf children's chances to succeed in the same way as their hearing peers."
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