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'Action needed' to help deaf pupils reach potential

The Welsh Goverment is facing demands to close the gap in the educational achievements of deaf children and their peers in our schools.

It comes after new figures reveal that deaf pupils are more than 40 percent less likely to achieve higher grade passes in their core subjects.

Welsh Government reviewing support for deaf children

We are committed to ensuring all children reach their full potential while in education and that is why we are currently reviewing the way we support pupils with additional learning difficulties.

During this process we are working closely with a number of support groups, including the National Deaf Children’s Society.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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Deaf pupils create video petition about education needs

Young deaf people took part in the video petition to tell Assembly Members what matters most to them at school and college.

Points raised by the pupils include the need for specialist support, learning in classrooms with good acoustics and ensuring teachers and pupils know how to communicate with deaf pupils.

NDCS Cymru is calling on the Welsh Government to develop a national strategy to address the gap in educational attainment for deaf pupils.

Calls for action over 'education gap' for deaf pupils

The charity is calling on Assembly Members to redress the education gap between deaf children and their peers. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) Cymru is submitting a video petition to the Welsh Government calling for action on the education gap between deaf children and their peers.

According to the charity, Welsh Government figures showed that in 2012 deaf pupils were 41% less likely to achieve a higher grade pass in subjects including English, Welsh, maths and science.

Jayne Dulson, NDCS Cymru director, said: "It is unacceptable that so many deaf pupils throughout Wales fail to reach their full potential because they face barriers in education."