Barbara is supporting the National Deaf Children’s Society’s campaign to close the attainment gap that exists between deaf and hearing children.
To highlight the campaign, Barbara met up at Westminster with some of the deaf children involved with the campaign.
Nationally, the attainment gap between deaf pupils and hearing pupils is 24%. In 2007, 33% of deaf children achieved 5 A*-C GCSEs compared to 57% of children overall who achieved that level.
“I am fully supporting the National Deaf Children’s Society ‘Must do better’ campaign. Deafness is not a learning disability so there is no reason why deaf children should achieve less than their hearing peers of similar ability. The current gap in educational attainment is not acceptable.
“Many Salford children who are deaf or who have hearing-impairment attend the Thomasson Memorial School in Bolton and the school provides a great example of the facilities we need to provide for our deaf children.
“I want to see that more is done to break down the barriers currently faced by deaf children in Salford and in Worsley constituency. Every child should have the opportunity to develop to their true potential and function at the best of their ability. I will continue to campaign on this issue to ensure that our deaf children receive the help and support they need.”
Barbara with Ben Huseyin (10), Poppy Dawkins (5) and Alfie Dawkins (11).