Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment

Department for Education written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Flick Drummond Flick Drummond Conservative, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the effectiveness of Teachers of the Deaf and the quality of support they provide to deaf children and their families.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

The Department for Education does not hold this information.

Ofsted, through its inspection of individual schools, considers the extent to which education provided meets the needs of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs. Inspectors will consider the quality of teaching provided to improve learning for pupils, including those with hearing impairments.

Teachers of classes of children with sensory impairments must hold a relevant mandatory post-graduate qualification, currently provided by six approved training providers.

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