An Essex Study
In Essex in recent years, a number of parents of deaf children asked for out-of-county places for their children, poor classroom acoustics being one of the issues raised at special educational needs and disability tribunals. Essex County Council sought to address the issue of classroom acoustics and £150,000 was initially allocated to do this. Following a meeting of education officers and teachers (mainstream and specialist) it was decided to take a considered, evidence-based approach to the classroom refurbishment process. Research is currently underway to establish the most suitable classroom environment for the inclusion of deaf pupils in to mainstream school. David Canning, Director of Hear2Learn, discusses the most recent findings.
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