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A friend has 7 year old twins. One of them is deaf and wears hearing aids. The children in his class are pulling them out and breaking them. He can't hear without them. She's spoken to his teacher who has said "we can't watch 35 children at the same."

 

His aids have been sent off to get fixed and he has nothing in the meantime. He will struggle in the meantime. He's not profoundly deaf and receives little / no help and won't receive help whilst the aids are being fixed.

 

The teacher replied that as children who are in year 2, (6 & 7 year olds) they should be taking responsibility for themselves.

 

School claim he doesn't have a problem as he lip reads. She's rung the school and is hoping to speak to the head later.

 

What are her options, please? He can't reach his full potential because the other children are pulling out his hearing aids, meaning he can't hear properly. I have told her to mention the Equalities Act - he can't reach his potential due to the lack of support.

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It seems to me to be unreasonable to suggest that 6 and 7 year olds should take responsiblity for themselves , particularly as the school has a duty of care when children are in attendance. I would write to the Headmaster outlining the problem and request written response. If this course of action fails you could take it up with the local Education Authority.

 

I have taken the following statement from Scottish policy, however I would imagine the same guidlines exist nationwide.

 

16 If a pupil is having a problem at school and the parent wishes to resolve it or if s/he wants to discuss or challenge a decision about her/his child's education, there may be a number of options. For example, in most cases it will be possible to solve the problem by informal talks with the school. In more complicated cases a parent may have to take further action, for example, contacting the education authority, or making a formal complaint. In these cases it may be advisable for a parent to seek advice and or support from a specialist organisation.

 

I hope this information is of assistance.

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Thank you :) I did say (and so did a few others) that it's unreasonable for 6 & 7 year olds to take responsibility. The friend has asked to see their bullying policy.

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I have a son with aspergers. He's now 16 but due to some bad teachers (two of whom were SENCO's) he had some really bad experiences with bullying. There was little I could do at the time, but now there is something called the Equality Act. It basically says that if a child is in a protected group (i.e. has a disability) the school has a responsibility to enable equal access to education. I would assume that would mean ensuring your friend's son's hearing aids aren't damaged in school. The 'he should be responsible for his hearing aids' excuse will just NOT wash nowadays. There is very clear protection for children with special needs now.., thank goodness.

 

My son is still in school and I recently contacted http://disabilityrightsuk.org/contact.htm. For the first time, I had found an organisation who knew their stuff and were able to advise in a useful way. They gave me very clear advice on where to get help and what my son's rights were. I hope this helps you.

 

BTW I found my son's school did not even know what the Equality Act was.., they're not a bad school, but very ignorant on what equal access means and the impact of special needs. I'm sure a lot of schools are like this.

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Hi

 

A good way to show them you mean business so to speak is do as advised and put your complaint in writing to the Head of the School concerned but also CC your letter to the Local Education Authority and send them a copy. That way you are showing the school that your letters also went to local authority so they will have to be very careful in how they deal with your complaint.


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Thanks. I did tell her to mention the Equalities Act. From experience, that doesn't always work.

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