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National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) legal challenge against council’s decision for planned cuts

Posted Aug 31 2011 3:49pm

The NDCS has begun a legal challenge against Stoke-On-Trent City Council for their plans to cut educational support for deaf children in a bit to save money, putting the future of the city’s deaf children at risk.

The NDCS has begun a legal challenge against Stoke-On-Trent City Council for their plans to cut educational support for deaf children in a bit to save money, putting the future of the city’s deaf children at risk.

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In response to this application, the High Court has ordered the council to halt its plans, which means that 200 deaf children will be attending school with the same support they currently receive. It was also a concern that the council would cut another Teacher of the Deaf, which would mean the total visiting Teachers of the Deaf has halved in less than two years, to 3 teachers. However, the legal challenge has also postponed this decision.

On Monday 12 September the High Court will decide whether to grant NDCS a judicial review. In the meantime, the court has also stopped the council from making any changes to the job descriptions of Teachers of the Deaf, which would have meant they no longer directly taught deaf children. It has also prevented the council making changes to the criteria that determines support for a deaf child. The council cannot now implement any of these decisions on 1 September or at any time until the matter is finally determined.

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