Deaf pupils in England struggle at every stage of school, report finds

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) analysed government data and found that 44% of deaf pupils achieve two A-levels or equivalent, compared with 63% of hearing pupils. The Guardian reports.

Fewer than three-quarters of them (73%) will gain five GCSEs or equivalent by the age of 19, compared with 88% of hearing pupils. If English and maths are included, that figure goes down to just over half (52%) of deaf pupils and three-quarters (76%) of their hearing classmates.

“Deaf children arrive at school with amazing potential only to begin a lifetime of being left behind,” said Susan Daniels, the chief executive of NDCS. “While some of them are achieving incredible results and going on to their dream jobs, these results show that many more are being completely failed by the system on which they rely.”

The attainment gap between deaf children and hearing children is evident before pupils start secondary school at the age of 11. Fewer than half (43%) reach the expected standard for reading, writing and maths at key stage 2 (KS2) at the end of primary school, compared with three-quarters (74%) of other children.

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