New animations to empower deaf young people

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The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has produced three new animations aimed at giving deaf teenagers better information about the support available to them when they are making decisions about their future. The animations, produced in conjunction with deaf young people, focus on key times in the lives of young people, including exam time, making a decision on college and deciding whether to take an apprenticeship.

The project was launched in response to the latest figures showing the attainment gap between deaf and hearing children, which revealed that 60 per cent of deaf children fail to get 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C, compared to 30 per cent of hearing children. Research by the National Foundation for Educational Research also showed that parents’ aspirations for their deaf children fall short of their realistic expectations: 66 per cent of parents of deaf children said they hoped their child would go to university but only 22 per cent thought this would actually happen.

The animations are available at: www.buzz.org.uk/myfuture

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