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Cuts to teachers of deaf children

The issue of the cuts to the number of teachers of deaf children in Kirklees will be discussed by councillors this afternoon.

The National Deaf Children's Society say the cuts can't be allowed as the figures already show that deaf children aren't achieving as highly as hearing children.

Last year just 36% of deaf children at Key Stage two, which refers to children between the ages of seven and 11, achieved English and Maths at level four and above, compared to 75% of their hearing peers. Campaigners fear that if cuts are made this will make it even tougher for children in Kirklees.

Teachers of the Deaf are vital to help deaf children learn. By axing these specialist teachers, based on ill considered plans and miscalculations, Kirklees Council is setting up more than 200 deaf children to fail.

– Alison Lawson, NDCS Regional Director for the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber

Kirklees Council says the needs of deaf children in the area will be met within the new staffing levels.