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:
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)
|Scottish Government (8 Mar 2016)
|Scottish Government (19 Apr 2016)
|National Deaf Children's Society (7 Oct 2015)
|Scottish Council on Deafness (9 Oct 2015)
|Scottish Council on Visual Impairment (9 Mar 2016)
|Turner, Prof Graham (23 Sep 2015)
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.