Date lodged: 9 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the educational attainment of deaf children.
Answered by: John Swinney 29 August 2018
The Scottish Government wants all children and young people to reach their full learning potential and has put in place a range of legislation and guidance to support that aim.
Following the 2015 Education Committee’s inquiry into the attainment of pupils with sensory impairment, a work plan of actions to address the recommendations in the Committee’s report was developed. A number of these actions are already completed and a progress report was provided to the Committee in March 2018.
The Scottish Government provides over £500,000 to voluntary sector organisations to support pupils with a sensory impairment. This includes £367,177 annual grant to CALL Scotland to provide Assistive Technologies and other key resources to schools and local authorities, to help children and young people overcome disability and barriers to learning.