Freedom of information response

Provision for deaf or hard-of hearing children

Publication date: 
Wednesday 15 August 2018
Request: 

1. How many children (0-18) in your Local Authority are deaf or hard of hearing?
2. What percentage of overall children (0-18) in your LA are deaf or hard of hearing?
 
Regarding budgets for Special Educational Needs (and Disabilities):
•       How much has been spent on provision of British Sign Language tuition, in the form of lessons for parents, lessons for children, funding for schools to deliver lessons, or tutoring for children or families with deafness? Can you please provide me with the last 3 years of budgeted and actual figures?.
•       Does the LA employ an individual to teach/tutor BSL to families of deaf children? Has this changed over the last three years?
•       Do any of the LA’s teachers of the deaf / Specialist Teachers teach/tutor BSL to children or families? Has this changed over the last three years?
Regarding Education, Health and Care Plans:
•       How many children have British Sign Language mentioned as a special educational need in their Education, Health and Care Plan? Has this changed over the last three years?
•       Of these, how many children have British Sign Language tuition (for them or for their parents/carers/family) named in the provision section of the plan? Has this changed over the last three years?
•       How are these provisions fulfilled?
•       Are any of these provisions made through personal budgets?

Response: 

1. 140 students

2. Population data is available on the Council website: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/thurrock-facts-and-statistics/population  

Regarding budgets for Special Educational Needs (and Disabilities):

* Detailed budget information on BSL tuition separate from other support funding for deaf/hearing impaired children and parents is not available at the present time. 

* There are two members of staff.  Prior to three years ago we had one Deaf Instructor now we have two.  Full Time.  This has developed much more over the last three years.

* We give families support in BSL and signpost/model how to and then offer Family Sign Language Tuition and subsidized access to BSL level 1,2 and 3 across the borough.  This is delivered by Deaf Instructors and other appropriately qualified staff.  Not by Teachers of the Deaf.

Regarding Education, Health and Care Plans:

* St Clere’s Resource Base: 7

Previously students in our provision had BSL as a special educational need noted on their statements. The numbers of students with BSL as a need has not changed with any significance in the past 3 years in our secondary resource base.

* St Clere’s Resource Base: All of our students, regardless of EHCP need have access to BSL tuition and formal assessment at the end of year 11.

* St Clere’s Resource Provision: we have two full time BSL tutors, 3 other full time deaf staff and other qualified staff who provide this tuition to within our base.

* St Clere’s Resource Base: No.

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Request reference:
FOI 8050