Responding to a new report from the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) warning that deaf children are falling behind their hearing classmates at GCSE, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“The picture facing schools supporting children with special educational needs is bleak. Not only are school budgets at breaking point, there have been severe cuts to local authority health and social care provision. Schools are left struggling to meet the needs of our most vulnerable pupils.
"We desperately need more funding for education, as well as health and social care services, especially in the crucial early years of a child’s development pre-school. Without this, the SEN code of practice set out by the government five years ago, to ensure the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities are met, is nothing more than an empty promise.”
NAHT’s recent Empty Promises report showed that 94% of schools are finding it harder to resource the support required to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities than they did two years ago.
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