Attainment of school pupils with a sensory impairment



Committee visit to Windsor Park School and Sensory Service, December 2014

The Committee held a short inquiry to consider how the attainment levels of school pupils with a hearing and/or a visual impairment can be improved. 

The Committee recognises that children with a sensory impairment may have other disabilities, which may have a significant effect on education and can require complex additional support.  Therefore, the Committee’s inquiry focussed solely on children with a sensory impairment and no other disabilities.  These children may refer to themselves as Deaf, deaf, hearing impaired, dual sensory impaired, Deaf/blind, blind or visually impaired.

Other related work

The Committee undertook a wider piece of work on the educational attainment gap:

Educational attainment gap 


The Committee issued a call for views on the inquiry. 

Read the call for views

Read the submissions received

The Committee took oral evidence as follows:

BSL signing hands graphic Watch the evidence session about attainment of deaf pupils (12 May 2015) (BSL)

Read the meeting papers and Official Report


The Committee published its report on 23 September 2015:

10th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Attainment of pupils with a sensory impairment (SP Paper 791)

Following receipt of the Scottish Government first response to the report, the Committee requested further details on a number of points (the responses are in the table below):

Responses to our report

Scottish Government (16 Dec 2015) 255KB pdf 
Scottish Government (8 Mar 2016)  3.4MB pdf
Scottish Government (19 Apr 2016)   87KB pdf 
National Deaf Children's Society (7 Oct 2015)  197KB pdf 
Scottish Council on Deafness (9 Oct 2015) 171KB pdf 
Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (9 Mar 2016)  68KB pdf 
Turner, Prof Graham (23 Sep 2015) 151KB pdf 

Additional Information

Craigie High School & Dundee Multi Sensory Service

The Committee visited Craigie High School in Dundee on Monday 18 May 2015, where we met with staff from Dundee Multi Sensory Service and some of the pupils and their parents.


Related links

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Educational attainment gap