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Classroom acoustics: Government takes action!

SH Line Producer | 15:07 UK time, Monday, 26 October 2009

Some of you may remember that one of our earlier programmes in this series looked specifically at the problems caused for Deaf and Hard of Hearing pupils by poor classroom acoustics.

Well, today the Government has today agreed to take action on acoustics in new schools in England, in response to a campaign by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS). 

 

Acoustic testing will now be a contractual requirement for all new schools built under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. In addition, Local Authorities will not get funds for more schools unless those recently built have passed an acoustic test.

This breakthrough came in response to evidence provided by NDCS earlier this year that a large number of new mainstream schools do not comply with Government standards on acoustics. As a result, the schools are unsuitable learning environments for pupils and are unfit for educating children with a hearing impairment.

Great news - we'll keep you posted on further developments.

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