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Non-Maintained Schools For The Deaf

Volume 86: debated on Thursday 14 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will give details of the progress that has been made by non-maintained schools for the deaf toward meeting the requirements of section 5(2)(c) of part II of schedule 2 to the Education (Approval of Special Schools) Regulations 1983 by identifying those non-maintained schools for the deaf where (a) the governing body includes at least one member elected by parents of children at the school, (b) the representation of parents has been accomplished by the appointment of a parent attending the school, (c) the representation of parents has been accomplished by the appointment of a person who is not the parent of a child attending the school and (d) there is no representative of the parents; and if he will provide information on the representation on such governing bodies of teachers, deaf people, and voluntary organisations.

Information is currently available for six of the 12 non-maintained schools for the deaf in England. Provision for the education or appointment of parent teacher or voluntary body representatives to the governing bodies of these schools is as follows:1.

Parent Representation

Two schools have elcted parent representatives who have a child at the school. Two schools have appointed parent representatives who have a child at the school. One school has an appointed parent with a deaf child of school age who does not attend the school.

2. Teacher Representation

Three schools have an elected teacher representative. One school has a representative who is a teacher of the deaf but not at that school. Two schools are at present prevented by their trust deeds from admitting teachers to the governing body. They are taking steps to secure amendments to the deeds.

3. Voluntary Organisations' Representation

All the schools have governors representing the voluntary body which provides the school. In addition, two schools have representatives of national deaf organisations.

Information about the representation of deaf people on governing bodies is not available in the Department.