Information collected on teachers:
In 1999 RNID granted financial support to enable BATOD to have faster state-of-the-art computers to store and manipulate data. RNID is aware that both the integrity and relatively high response rate of the Survey are contingent on the perception of respondents that it is an independent exercise undertaken by their professional organisation and that the confidentiality of any information contributed is absolute.
Recently the strategic importance of the Survey has increased dramatically. In March 1999, the DfEE invited the Education Research Consortium of Deaf Organisations (BATOD, BDA, DELTA, NDCS, LASER, NATED, RNID) to discuss issues relating to data collection on deaf children for the first time. This discussion continues.
Anyone who has thought about data collection for any length of time will know that the issues are not simple. Deaf children represent a very heterogeneous population and a wide scatter of individual variables influence outcomes. It is naïve to expect that simple data will provide simple answers to complex questions. However, the current dearth of hard data impedes consideration of the relative importance of different factors at every turn and the BATOD Survey has an important rôle to play in beginning to rectify this situation.
The current capability and future potential of the BATOD Survey is important in the context of developing policy on data collection for pupils with special educational needs in general and deaf children in particular.
There was a very good response to the 1998 survey, which has provided useful information. Northern Ireland once again had 100% return, followed closely by Scotland with 88%, England with 86% and Wales 63%. BATOD thanks everyone who has responded to requests which provided such detailed information.
This was the first time that data had been collected on individual children. This was achieved in collaboration with the Medical Research Council, Nottingham to whom BATOD is grateful for setting up the database and inputting most of the children’s details. The BATOD database has 15,320 children, 14,386 with significant hearing impairment (>40 dBHL), identified by a unique number. There is information on 2480 Teachers of the Deaf some of whom work part time.
A database of children from specific services was offered to authorities free of charge and a growing number have accepted the offer. Subsequent Surveys should provide more accurate data.
In the South West the Heads of Services contributed to the development of the Survey which was distributed in January 2000. Information from the 1998 Survey could not answer all the questions required by the projects. Consequently, the ascertainment sheets for January 2000 about children had additional questions.
Completing the survey has become a mammoth task as the data required has increased. BATOD acknowledges the dedication of all Teachers of the Deaf involved, heads of schools, services and units, their co-operation and understanding is very much appreciated.
Information derived from the data collected from the returns of the biennial BATOD survey may be obtained from the Survey Coordinator. . There may be a charge for the response provided.
A Directory of Schools, Services and Units for deaf children in the UK is also available at a cost of £15.00. This is printed to order and so is as up-to-date as current information available will allow. The Survey Co-ordinator appreciates notification of changes in named staff so that the data can be as accurate as possible at all times.
This information has been previously published in various articles and reports in the Association Magazine.
Many requests have been made for information from the Survey.
Type of information
|BATOD Officers||relevant information to take to meetings with DfEE, TTA etc|
|DfEE||number of children, Teachers of the Deaf etc|
|DfEE|| SEN Regional Planning Projects |
detailed information on children, teachers and support staff
|Other organisations |
eg RNID, NDCS, DELTA
Cochlear Implant Programmes
Teachers of the Deaf
| numbers of children, placements and communication modes|
LEAs comparison of Ofsted statistical neighbours
|Survey Date||Information relates to:||% return||Published in Magazine|
|January 1992||England Midland Region||100%||January 1993|
|England South West Region||60%||September 1993|
|England North & South Regions (Excluding London)||54.8%||November 1993|
|N Ireland||Not published|
|January 1994||England||86.7%||November 1995 Vol 19 No 5|
|Northern Ireland||100%||March 1995 Vol 19 No 2|
|Scotland||100%||May 1995 Vol 19 No 3|
|Wales||94.7%||March 1996 Vol 20 No 2|
|January 1996||England||Not collated|
|Northern Ireland||100%||June 1997 Vol 21 No 2|
|Scotland||66.7%||June 1998 Vol 22 No 2|
|Wales||96.3%||February 1998 Vol 22 No 1|
|January 1998||England||67.9%||May 2000 Magazine|
|Northern Ireland||100%||November 2000 Magazine|
|January 2000||England summary||June 2003 Magazine|
|Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland>||February 2003 Magazine|
|January 2003||England||60%||not yet published|
|N Ireland||68%||not yet published|
|Wales||78%||not yet published|
If you have any queries regarding the BATOD SURVEY please contact: Paul Simpson (BATOD Secretary)