The number of deaf students achieving five GCSEs at grades A* to C has fallen for the first time since 2007. In 2012, 37.3 per cent of deaf students achieved these grades, compared to nearly 40 per cent in 2011.
The figures suggest that deaf students are falling further behind their hearing peers, 69 per cent of whom achieved five GCSEs in 2012.
The charity The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has blamed cuts to services for the fall in standards, saying that the Government is failing deaf children. One in three councils are taking away the support deaf children need, such as teachers of the deaf and speech and language therapists, according to investigations for the charity’s Stolen Futures campaign.
The Government is refusing to take action to stop “irresponsible local council cuts”, says Jo Campion, Deputy Director of Policy and Campaigns at NDCS. “The attainment gap is widening due to councils and the Government constantly devaluing deaf children and taking away the support they need, putting the futures of thousands in jeopardy”, she says.
The NDCS’s Stolen Futures campaign calls on the Government to stop cutting deaf children’s services. The charity is urging supporters to sign its e-petition, calling on the Government to explain what it is doing to protect deaf children’s futures and secure a Parliamentary debate. The petition is available at: