Pauline Hughes retires after fifty years in deaf education

Ewing Foundation Chief Executive Officer Pauline Hughes retires today after fifty years of working with and for deaf children and young people.

Pauline has worked in a variety of settings, including as a Teacher of the Deaf and as Headteacher of Ovingdean Hall School. She has spent the last twelve years as CEO of Ewing Foundation for deaf children: ‘This post has been very fulfilling, and I am grateful to have had the experience of helping to develop the work of this unique and special charity with the support and help of a wonderful team and Trustees.’

She has witnessed great change over the course of her career:

‘The advances in technology and knowledge of language acquisition are accelerating, and deaf learners’ potential to develop spoken language on a par with their hearing peers, and to access mainstream curricula, are improving all the time. In 1967, I could never have dreamt that profoundly deaf children could have age-appropriate speech and language by the time they started school. There has been amazing progress, but still much to be done.’

Pauline is not leaving deaf education entirely; she remains a Trustee of Ovingdean Hall Foundation, a grant-making charity which supports education projects for deaf children.