NDCS England - responses to consultations

June 2017: Department for Education Primary Assessment consultation

Our response calls on the Department for Education to ensure that any baseline assessments of deaf children in the primary years are appropriate and holistic.

June 2017: Rochford review recommendations

Read our response to the consultation on the Rochford review recommendations which considers how children who are operating below the national curriculum levels should be assessed.

March 2017: Bercow – 10 years on

Our response to a call for views on support for children with speech, language and communication needs has called for more support for deaf children and closer working between Teachers of the Deaf and speech and language therapists.

December 2016: Schools That Work for Everyone

We’ve responded to a government consultation on schools to flag up risks and issues in relation to support for deaf children for the Government to consider if they wish to expand the number of grammar schools in England.

July 2016: Labour Party Review of the SEND provisions in Children and Families Act

Read the NDCS response to the Labour Party Review of the SEND provisions in Children and Families Act.

May 2016: Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts

In this consultation response NDCS suggested that a greater focus on the quality of services and taking into account accreditation schemes, particularly in paediatric audiology, could help the NHS Litigation Authority to better calculate the risk of negligence claims.

January 2016: Ofsted/CQC consultation on local area SEND inspections

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are planning to launch new inspections of local area provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities. In this consultation response, we set out our views on how Ofsted and the CQC plan to carry out these inspections. 

October 2015: Social care quality standards consultation

We set out the case for new standards on social care support for adults, children and young people with sensory disabilities.

NDCS consultation to future NICE guidelines 312kb

NDCS consultation to future NICE guidelines

September 2015: House of Lords inquiry into the Equality Act

Our response to the House of Lords inquiry into Equality Act 2010 outlines how we think the Act is working for deaf children. Our response has been informed by our work to support families in appeals.

NDCS response to Lords Select Committee inquiry into the Equality Act 2010 174kb

NDCS response to Lords Select Committee inquiry into the Equality Act 2010

September 2015: DSA consultation

Our response to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on proposed changes to Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) in 2016/17 highlights the need for safeguards to be introduced to ensure deaf students do not lose out as a result of the proposed changes. 

DSA consultation - September 2015 172kb

DSA consultation (NDCS response) - September 2015

August 2015: The work of Ofsted - submission to Education Select Committee

We have submitted a briefing to a group of MPs on the work that Ofsted do (or rather don’t do) in relation to deaf children. The response calls on Ofsted to start inspecting education services for deaf children to make sure that visiting Teachers of the Deaf are doing a good job in supporting deaf children in mainstream schools and at home.

August 2015- NDCS response to Education Select Committee inquiry on the work of Ofsted 193kb

NDCS response to Education Select Committee inquiry on the work of Ofsted

June 2015: Review of the mandatory qualification for Teachers of the Deaf

Following an earlier consultation in December 2014, we have responded to a further call for views from the National College of Teaching and Learning on the mandatory qualification for Teachers of the Deaf.

June 2015:NDCS response to TOD consultation 160kb

June 2015:NDCS response to TOD consultation

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) guidance 2015/16

NDCS has responded to an invitation from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to submit comments on draft guidance for DSA for university students, expressing serious concerns about proposed changes.

December 2014: Review of mandatory qualifications for specialist teachers of children and young people with sensory impairment.

Teachers of the Deaf are required to hold a mandatory qualification in order to teach deaf children. NDCS has responded to a review of the specification for this qualification to highlight a number of areas where we believe that the specification can be strengthened. 

Consultation response to review Mandatory Qualifications 169kb

NDCS response to review of mandatory qualifications.

November 2014: Developing a set of standards for Teaching Assistants

NDCS has responded to a Department for Education consultation on developing a set of standards for Teaching Assistants.

November 2014: Draft Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015 and Draft Revised SEN and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years

NDCS has responded to a Department for Education consultation on the Draft Special Educational Needs and Disability (Detained Persons) Regulations 2015 and Draft Revised SEN and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years.

November 2014: NHS England consultation: Making health and social care information accessible

NDCS has responded to the NHS England consultation on accessible health information.

October 2014: NDCS briefing on the review of standards for Teaching Assistants

The Department for Education in England have announced a review of standards relating to teaching assistants.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/review-of-standards-for-teaching-assistants-launched

NDCS was asked to submit a briefing on specific issues relating to teaching assistants who work with deaf children.

June 2014: Inspection of Residential Holiday Schemes for Disabled Children

NDCS has responded to the Ofsted consultation on the inspection of residential holiday schemes for disabled children.

May 2014: Delegating children's social care functions

NDCS has responded to a Department for Education consultation on delegating children's social care functions.

May 2014: Acoustic design of schools: performance standards 2014

NDCS has responded to a Department for Education consultation on new acoustic standards, which will replace ‘Building Bulletin 93’.

May 2014: Consultation on the revised Code of Practice

NDCS has responded to a further Department for Education consultation on revisions to the SEN Code of Practice, following an earlier consultation in 2013.