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Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate closes as campaigners say widening attainment gap between deaf and hearing pupils ‘totally unacceptable’

the guardian
by Sally Weale, Education correspondent
4 January 2016

Deaf children are being let down by the education system, with growing numbers of specialist schools closing and too many vulnerable pupils struggling in mainstream settings, according to campaigners.

The Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate, Kent, which was the oldest deaf school still operating in the UK, dating back to 1792, is the latest to close its doors after administrators were called in in December.

The closure comes amid growing concern about poor academic attainment among deaf children, who achieve considerably lower GCSE results than their hearing peers. According to the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), 36% of deaf children achieve the government’s benchmark for five good GCSEs at A* to C compared with 65% of hearing children with no special educational needs.

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  • Duke of Edinburgh starts using phone designed for hard of hearing
  • The amplicomms M8000 mobile is up to 80 times louder than normal 
  • The handset also features a larger keypad and an SOS emergency button
  • The company, Hearing Direct, received a thank-you call from the Palace 

January 16 2015 | UPDATED: January  19 2015

He only bedgrudgingly started to wear a hearing aid in public a few months ago.But Prince Philip is already making adjustments for it in other areas of his life.The 93-year-old royal has just started using a special mobile phone especially designed for people suffering from hearing loss, it can be revealed.

Most high street phones are not compatible for people wearing aids because of the levels of interfearence. And while Philip’s new amplicomms M8000 is short on smart phone-style gimmicks, it can be up to 80 times louder than regular mobiles.

It also has a powerful vibrating alert - and a ringtone that can sound as loud as a road drill.

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BBC News, UK
October 30, 2014

A deaf robber who burst into a woman's flat and used an interpreter to demand money has been jailed for 14 months.

Paul Coombs admitted forcing his way into Laura Fairweather's Dundee home with two other men in tow.

One of the men acted as an interpreter for the 42-year-old, who also needed a sign language translator at Perth Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher jailed Coombs despite hearing he would find prison "difficult" due to his deafness.

The court heard that Coombes, also of Dundee, had lent money to Miss Fairweather prior to the incident on 27 June.

He had sent her a text message demanding payment of the £20, and after he received no reply headed to her Hilltown Court flat.

Fiscal depute Stuart Richardson said: "The door was forced open and Coombs and two others entered the flat.

"One of the others did have normal speech and he did the talking, demanding the accused's money from Miss Fairweather."

Coombes pleaded guilty to forcing open the door of the property and robbing Miss Fairweather of her bank cards.

Jailing him for 14 months, Sheriff Fletcher notes Coombes had an "extremely bad record for crimes of dishonesty and crimes involving violence".

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Tell us about yourself.
I’m nineteen years old, moderately deaf, and I’m currently studying in London for a music degree.

I like anything creative and arty, and enjoy going to cultural events and exhibitions where historical artifacts are shown (very easy to get to when you live in London!).

I am also highly involved with helping to raise self esteem amongst deaf young people.

Eloise Garland

How did you cope with being deaf and progressing in music?
My hearing loss has never really held me back with my music as it’s something I love doing, though I admit that I wouldn’t be able to it without my hearing aids.

Although I play violin and piano, voice is my primary study at university. By using hearing aids and working with my singing teacher to ‘feel’ where notes are placed, I can really make the most of my hearing.

It was partly determination and partly being told I was capable of doing things by my parents and teachers that got me to where I am now, and I hope to pass that attitude and level of encouragement on to other people.

It’s important to realise that music can be made accessible to anyone as long as they’re given the right opportunities and are encouraged to have an ‘I can’ outlook on life.

You use a device to help you. Tell us what difference it makes?
Yes, I use a new system made by Phonak (a supporter of this site) called Roger. The system consists of a Roger Pen (a transmitter with a microphone which literally looks like a pen), and receivers attached to my hearing aids.

In university, for instance, a lecturer can hang the pen around their neck, and their voice will be sent directly to my hearing aids.

I can also plug it into the computer, my iPod, the TV, or connect it to my iPhone via Bluetooth so that voices or media sources are also directly streamed from the transmitter to the receivers.

I also now use another mic with the system, which is a smaller and more basic clip-on mic.