Yet now, the ‘cuts’ are biting, and there’s fewer such staff to go around in mainstream education:
But in a mainstream school, a child is going to feel the full brunt of the downturn when a teacher they already only see every couple of weeks for half an hour leaves and is not replaced. Who will they turn to when they struggle in school? Who can their parents, grappling in the dark, turn to for reassurance and guidance? Who will tell their everyday teachers how to include them in lessons and how to tackle bullying?Who indeed?
Those new teachers entering my school had a lot to learn before they could do their job, but they were surrounded by experienced staff. And being bait in a school full of cruel teenagers is surely an impetus to quickly acquire new skills.Wait, what..?
You’re worried about bullying by other children of deaf children, but apparently the same thing directed at the non-deaf teachers is ‘character building’?
It is a time when parents might very well whisk their children out of mainstream schools and enroll them in the safe harbour specialist schools might provide. Except this option is no longer available for many children. Since education policy changed in favour of integration in the 1970s, deaf schools have slowly but surely closed down all over the UK, leaving just a handful still open.Perhaps it’s time that expensive, idealogical, failed policy of mainstream inclusion was scrapped, then?