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Deaf Children

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by neddyfonk, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Yesterday a charity worker asked me if I would give a donation to support deaf children by having BSL (British Sign Language ) on the curriculum. I thought about this and decided it was unlikely to ever happen in mainstream schools as part of 'standard inclusion' because there are only about 50,000 deaf children in the UK. That sounds like a lot but there are 4 million that do not speak English as their first language of which 500,000 are Polish. I have learnt a little signing to be polite but I think it unlikely anyone is going to fund the training of every school teacher in BSL, let alone find enough time to teach it adequately.
    Maybe some schools have found a way forward with BSL ?
  2. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    I don't believe it will become part of the curriculum, but it will become a GCSE.
  3. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    I think I would like to do that - then I can join in with some of the very animated conversations deaf people have.
  4. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I know a secondary with extra provision for the hearing impaired (some of whom come from a little further afield because of the provision), and at one point they had sign language as a KS4 option - no GCSE, obviously, but I think they did some sort of qualification.
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  5. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    An aside - I have been stopped twice by members of this charity . I am HI and have worked with students with HI in mainstream in my role as Head of Curriculum Support training staff, liaising with specialists/parents, raising awareness of how to make reasonable adjustments in the classroom and organised interpreters for parents/carers who were HI /without speech blah blah ....... however after both 'chats ' I have emailed the charity to express my concern/frustration at the approach of their canvassers. I am happy to acknowledge them /applaud their efforts..But having explained my disability they have made no attempt to alter /modify /adjust their ' sales ' pitch ? - really ignoring my limitations because they need to sell.The irony is not lost I am sure ? I don't need to sign but I do rely on lip reading..... in the first instance the canvasser just continued with her spiel and looked down constantly at her i pad in the door way of a Boots ..on the second occasion quite recently the worker was situated in a very large cavernous shopping mall with background music - I told him I was struggling to hear but he just carried on .......I just felt alienated by the lack of understanding ?! The charity have been quick to apologise, but the fact that this has happened twice over a number of years makes me wonder if their training programme is fit for purpose ? Perhaps i have been unlucky ? Sorry off the point - rant over .....

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