But, there was another research project that suggested the signs aren't there to advance academically, let alone tutors who are aware of them, so where will the expertise come from to teach deaf children, what they need to know ? Is it not an issue of sign still having not enough depth ?
The head of policy and research at the National Deaf Children’s Society explains some of the biggest barriers that deaf children face and what schools can do to help.
Deafness is a not a learning disability. Despite this, only 36 per cent of deaf children achieved five GCSEs (including English and maths) at grades A* to C in 2014, compared with 65 per cent of other children. This is unacceptable and indicates that too many deaf children are not getting the support they need in mainstream education.
Part of the problem is that deafness is a low incidence need. More than 77 per cent of school-aged deaf children in the UK attend mainstream schools where there is no specialist provision, and in which they may be the only deaf child enrolled. That’s why local authority specialist education support services play such a vital role in employing visiting teachers of the deaf to advise mainstream schools about how they can improve outcomes.
Failure to provide this advice means that deafness can often be overlooked because mainstream teachers simply don’t have any understanding of the needs of a deaf child. Often these children are nodding their way through life without really understanding what is being said and missing out on vital early development.