The research, which can be read at http://www.creid.ed.ac.uk/projects.html#ndcs, shows that the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 is failing to meet the needs of all deaf children, with 26% of deaf children identified as having no form of educational support plan in place to help them achieve their potential at school. The majority of children surveyed had a severe to profound hearing loss, which makes the findings even more alarming. Factors such as a lack of awareness among teachers about the needs of deaf children, and that many parents have little understanding of their rights within the ASL Act are identified by the research team as having an impact on deaf children accessing the school curriculum.
The research will follow the progress of pupils in the original ADPS database, involving questionnaires to deaf young people who have now left school. There will be close collaboration with teachers of deaf children who will continue to be partners in collecting information about deaf pupils who are still at school. For more information, visit the project website.
They will work with a Reference Group, which will have wide-ranging representation. Funding: The Nuffield Foundation £143,000 for two years from February 2010. Email Rachel O’Neill for further details.
Phase 1 of the research from January – July 2010: The information leaflet about the first phase of the research and the agreement to participate form can be downloaded below.
Collection and analysis of texts which have been modified and the originals with a form about the educational context. This form can be downloaded below.
|Download First phase information leaflet||Download Modified texts |
We are hoping to collect modified texts from at least 50 different teachers and support workers from across the UK. Please send in texts before 30.4.2010.
Later phases of the research in 2011 will include a survey for deaf pupils and students in the 14 – 21 age group and focus groups for teachers of deaf children, CSWs and FE tutors of deaf students. Further information will be reported here and in the BATOD magazine. Please contact Rachel O’Neill if you would like to be a participant in any phase of the research.