Deaf children – Seaside news column

It has been pleasing to see a high level of support across the Assembly for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Cymru’s campaign for good acoustics in school, nursery and college buildings.

There are more than 1,700 deaf pupils in Wales and poor acoustics within school classrooms create a barrier to learning for all children, especially for children with a hearing loss. Bridgend constituents have written to me about the importance of good acoustics to support children with hearing loss to gain as much as possible from the learning environment.

Work is underway by the Welsh Government to improve acoustic standards in schools, both through the 21st century schools programme and through the work of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee. Government guidance on acoustics which newly built schools in Wales required to comply with is now a condition of grant for all future schools funding contracts.
It is important for accessibility issues to remain high profile and for all children to be supported in reaching their full potential at school.