Sheffield City Council increases funding for deaf education despite nationwide cuts

Sheffield City Council has increased the funding for the education for deaf children, despite 45 councils in England making cuts.

A Freedom of Information request by the National Deaf Children’s Society revealed that deaf children are set to lose £4 million of support due to council cuts.

However, Sheffield City Council have increased funding by 0.7% for 2018/19.

Over a third of councils in England are planning said cuts to education support, which the National Deaf Children’s Society fears are at “breaking point”.

Susan Daniels, the Chief Executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society said: “The Government urgently needs to step in and tackle this mounting funding crisis in deaf children’s education.

“By not acting, this Government is putting the education of too many deaf children at risk, and letting their futures hang in the balance.

“Deaf children can achieve anything other children can, but to do this it is crucial they get the right support.

“Despite councils having a legal duty to support deaf children, we are seeing the vital support system that they rely on for their education torn apart.”

The NDCS said that in the last four years alone, one in ten specialist Teachers of the Deaf have been cut, and deaf children’s GCSE results are getting worse.

The Society say that they are seeking assurances from Sheffield City Council that the currently vacant Teacher of the Deaf posts in the service will be recruited to.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP, the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness said: “Today’s figures should shame us all. The incredible potential of deaf children is being extinguished because the system that supports them is being completely undermined.

 “We need leadership, and the Department for Education urgently needs to step up to the plate and solve this mounting crisis.

“If Theresa May genuinely wants to make good on her pledge to tackle the burning injustices in our society, then her Government needs show more than warm words to the country’s deaf children.”

The NDCS campaign ‘Stolen Futures’ shows the changes made to deaf education here.

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