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Parents: Hearing Impaired

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the provision of interpreters for deaf parents attending parents' evenings. (251232)

The Government recognise the additional difficulties disabled parents face in effectively engaging at school-parent communication events such as parent evenings. The provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and the advice to schools and local authorities are primarily around how schools provide services for disabled pupils. Through practice guidance for schools on parent evenings the Department encourages schools to use a number of ways to enhance the relationship with parents and carers, including asking parents what they want and what would encourage them to come into the school.

The Government committed in the Children's Plan Progress Report published in December 2008 to providing guidance for schools and other settings on working with parents, which will include meeting the specific needs of deaf parents and the implications of the DDA for schools work with parents.