Mary Hare Deaf school is the last bastion, hanging on grimly, of an era of cruelty to deaf children, as the vast majority of remaining deaf schools now use BSL-medium education.

Whilst deaf peers and learning social skills are an important aspect of childhood, not learning about the world outside the deaf school, or giving unrealistic expectations constitutes institutional neglect.

There is room for improvement in mainstream education for deaf children, but DEXperience is working hard to improve it by stipulating that : all deaf children attend a resourced mainstream school (with specialist provision); there is a significant group of deaf children in each year group; all deaf children of all levels of hearing loss learn BSL from qualified BSL Teachers; mainstream BSL-medium education must have registered BSL/English interpreters; the whole school is involved in integrating deaf children.

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