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Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

Education written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Pat Glass Pat Glass Labour, North West Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of deaf young people needing specialist educational support following the raising of the participation age; and how support for these additional deaf young people will be funded.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

holding answer 6 September 2012

In 2010/11, there were an estimated 2,700 young people of academic age 16/17 who were recorded either as having a statement of SEN, or being in the "School Action Plus" group, in state schools at age 15 due to having a hearing impairment. Of these, only 170 were not in education or training.

The Government are investing £7.5 billion in education and training places for 16 to 18-year-olds to fund a place for every young person who wants one. Local authorities have a duty to support young people to participate in education or training as we raise the age of compulsory participation to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015.

It is the duty of local authorities to support young people with high needs who need specialist provision. With effect from 2013-14 the funding for post-16 high needs provision will be integrated into the Dedicated Schools Grant to help them do this.

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