Ann urged to support Deaf Children

Ann Jones AM, Chair of the Children and Young People Committee and Chair of the Cross-Party on Deaf Issues at the National Assembly for Wales, has received a petition from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) urging action to address the gap in educational attainment between deaf children and their hearing peers.

In a report published by NDCS, a “postcode” lottery system of support services and a lack of resources for parents and teachers are key problems, standing in the way of deaf children reaching their full potential.

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones said: “The gap in educational attainment is shocking. Deafness is not a learning disability and there is no reason why deaf children should be achieving less than their hearing classmates”.

“I have read the NDCS report carefully and as Chair of the Cross-Party Group on Deaf Issues, I will raise these concerns here at the Assembly and lobby for better provision for deaf children in Wales”.

Figures obtained in 2007 showed that only 33% of deaf children achieve the benchmark 5 A*s-C’s at GCSE compared to the UK average of 57%.