We are working closely with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) who have collated information from local authorities on acoustic conditions in classrooms, to help ensure that the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing are met.
As a result of this work, acoustics testing will now be made a contractual requirement for all Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects in England. This means that no funding will be signed off for a BSF project without a commitment to having the £6,000 acoustic test. More information on our proposals can be found in the written ministerial statement of 16 October 2009, Official Report, columns 51-52WS on auditory standards for school buildings, laid by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families:
The Department does not assess schools’ level of compliance with acoustic requirements of deaf and hard of hearing pupils centrally.