Close the Gap Campaign

NDCS logoThe National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) latest report outlines the need to improve education and employment outcomes for deaf young people in Scotland.
New research published by the National Deaf Children’s Society highlights that deaf young people in Scotland are regularly falling behind at school and missing out on higher education and employment opportunities.
The NDCS Close the Gap report calls on the Scottish Government to urgently address these issues.
Our research tells us that:
• Almost 10% of deaf young people leave school with no qualifications
• Only a third of deaf young people qualifying for Higher Education
• Only a quarter of deaf young people entering Higher Education
• A quarter of school leavers moving into employment but only one sixth of deaf young people doing the same

Heather Gray, Director of Scotland at the NDCS said:
“With the right support, there is no reason why a deaf young person should achieve any less than anyone else. But too many deaf young people are being left behind in Scotland. This is simply not good enough. We are calling on the Scottish Government to recognise and commit to closing the gap in school attainment for deaf young people.”
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