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British Sign Language and Linguistic Access Working Group Scoping Study: Linguistic Access to Education for Deaf Pupils and Students in Scotland

DescriptionThis work has been undertaken by the British Sign Language and Linguistic Access Working Group. Although the work has been facilitated by the Scottish Government, the group is independent of Government and has made its own recommendations, that are not necessarily the views of Scottish Ministers.
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Official Print Publication DateFebruary 2009
Website Publication DateFebruary 11, 2009

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Contents

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction (including glossary of abbreviations)

2. Methods
Statistical information
Qualitative information
Documentary information

The Linguistic Access Context for Deaf Pupils and Students in Scotland
3. Language approaches used with deaf pupils in Scotland
Monolingual approaches
Bilingual approaches
'No specific policy'
Regional variation

4. Linguistic access for deaf students in further and higher education

The School Sector: Linguistic Access to Education for Deaf Pupils
Numbers of pupils and professionals

5. The number of deaf pupils
Scottish Government Statistics
ADPS statistics
Presenting statistics on the population of deaf pupils
Statistics relating to educational attainment
Recommendations

6. The number of professionals who provide linguistic access and support services for deaf pupils in schools
Numbers of teachers of deaf children
Numbers of other professionals

Qualifications of staff
7. The qualifications of professionals who provide linguistic access and support services for deaf pupils in schools
Qualifications of Teachers of Deaf Children (including recommendations)
Qualifications of other professionals (including recommendations)

Pre-school issues
8. Pre-school issues
Background
Languages used with pre-school deaf children in Scotland
UNHS in Scotland
Early intervention
Training, qualifications and resources for early linguistic development
Early cochlear implantation
Linguistic assessments
Recommendations

School: linguistic assessment and linguistic access issues
9. School years: linguistic assessments
Spoken language/literacy assessments
Audiology assessments
Late diagnosis
Lipreading assessments
BSL assessments
' CEM Centre' assessments
Assessments of linguistic strategies
Assessments within the Additional Support for Learning process
Recommendations

10. School years: access issues
The impact of some key legislative and policy developments
Staffing issues
Transition issues
Acoustic environments
Pupils with cochlear implants
Risk of isolation in mainstream situations
Exam/assessments issues
Recommendations

Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland ( ADPS): unexplored data
11. THE Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland ( ADPS): unexplored areas
Case example

The Further and Higher Education Sectors: Linguistic Access to Education for Deaf Students
Numbers of students and professionals

12. The number of deaf students in further and higher education
Limitations to information about numbers of deaf students
The number of deaf students in further education
The number of deaf students at university
Recommendations

13. The number of professionals who provide linguistic access services for deaf students
A new survey
Recommendation

Other issues relevant to both further and higher education
14. Issues relevant to both FE and HE sectors: miscellaneous
Assessment
Common transition issues
The general impact of disability legislation
Cost of good quality linguistic access
Outputs of working groups aimed at furthering linguistic access for deaf students
Recommendations

15. Issues relevant to both FE and HE sectors: language support professionals
General issues
BSL/English interpreters
Notetakers
Lipspeakers
'Communication Support Workers'
Recommendations

Issues specific to Further Education
16. Issues specific to FE
Assessments
Access to SQA examinations
Recommendations

Issues specific to Higher Education
17. Issues specific to HE
Assessment: Disabled Students' Allowance ( DSA)
Other issues
Recommendations

18. Other educational provision

19. Full list of recommendations

References

Appendix 1: Language approaches used in Scottish Schools, 2001-2004
Appendix 2: Groups and individuals consulted for this scoping study
Appendix 3: Routes for demonstration of competency in BSL and in BSL/English interpreting
Appendix 4: Schools survey questionnaire
Appendix 5: Relevant SQA Qualifications
Appendix 6: Calculation of ELS funding in FE
Appendix 7: Proposed SQA qualification progression route for BSL Tutors