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Deaf children falling behind as specialist teacher numbers fall – The Guardian

Wednesday, 23 February, 2022

Deaf children falling behind as specialist teacher numbers fall – The Guardian

Nina Greaves and her son Marshall, six. Marshall is a ‘testament to the support’ the family has received and is thriving at school. Photograph: Richard Saker/the Guardian

 
The number of specialist teachers of the deaf in England is at its lowest for a decade, leading to warnings that the decline is leaving hearing-impaired children “fighting for their futures”.
The number has fallen by 16.5% since 2011, a report by the Consortium for Research into Deaf Education shows. The report found there are 887 fully qualified teachers of the deaf, compared with 1,062 in 2011.
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) fears the decline will worsen the achievement gap between deaf and hearing children. Deaf children already fall behind at every stage of school, the charity said, including a whole grade at GCSE. More than half of teachers (53%) are over 50, according to the report, prompting concerns that staffing levels may further drop in the next 10 to 15 years without intervention.
Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/feb/20/deaf-children-england-specialist-teacher-numbers-fall

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