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Deaf children left behind.

Deaf children left behind.

Deaf children are being "left behind" in Scottish education, the National Deaf Children's Society has said.

Its analysis suggests deaf pupils are eight times more likely to leave school with no qualification than their hearing classmates.

The charity also found that only 29% of deaf school-leavers go to university. The figure for hearing students is 45%.

The Scottish government said it is committed to giving all young people the support they need.

The society has called for action to address the achievement gap, including the introduction of a bursary to train specialist teachers.

It said nearly a third of specialist teachers for deaf pupils had been lost over the past eight years.

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