We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to develop a national strategy to Close the Gap in educational attainment between deaf pupils and their peers.
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Cymru presents this petition today as it is both Deaf Awareness Week and two years since 55 AMs pledged to take action to Close the Gap for deaf pupils.
Still, Welsh Government statistics demonstrate significant attainment gaps between deaf pupils and their peers. In 2012, deaf pupils were 26% less likely to achieve 5 GCSEs at A*-C, and 41% less likely to achieve A*-C passes in core subjects English/Welsh, Maths and Science.
Our video petition asks the experts (deaf pupils themselves) what matters most. They told us:
· We need appropriate support in school and college
· We need all classrooms to have good acoustics
· Some of us use sign language. Help us encourage our hearing peers and teachers to learn sign.
· We need more teachers and pupils to be deaf aware.
Too many deaf pupils are facing barriers in these areas. A national strategy is needed to address the barriers and Close the Gap!
Our video petition and an accompanying report can be downloaded at www.ndcs.org.uk/ClosetheGapWales
The video petition was produced with the help of eight deaf young people outlines the four things that they feel are most important to deaf pupils at school and college.
The accompanying report outlines the barriers that many deaf pupils in Wales are facing in these areas. It also makes suggestions on how a strategy could help to overcome these barriers.
Petition raised by: NDCS
Date petition first considered by Committee: 15 May 2013
Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 13/05/2013