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Montgomeryshire AM calls for action to close the gap in attainment between deaf children and their hearing peers

October 30, 2009 2:20 PM

Local AM, Mick Bates, has offered support to a campaign to improve the life chances of deaf children and young people in Wales.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Mick Bates met last week with the Deaf Children'sSociety and has now signed a Statement of Opinion, calling on the Welsh Assembly Government to take action to close the gap in attainment between deaf children and their hearing peers.

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) Cymru, recently publisheddata on the attainment levels of deaf children and young deaf people inWales. The data revealed that deaf children and young people areunderachieving at every key stage in their education. In 2008, deafpupils in Wales were 30% less likely to achieve 5 GCSEs at grades A*-Cthan their hearing peers.

Commenting Mick Bates AM said: "I was pleased to meet with the DeafChildren's Society to discuss the very important need to address the gapin attainment between deaf children and their fellow pupils. I findthese new statistics really disappointing, too many deaf children arefailing to reach the same grades as their hearing peers.

"It is essential that we act now to ensure that deaf children and youngpeople throughout Wales are given the best support and learningenvironment, enabling them to reach their full potential."