Teachers’ Perspectives on the Impact of Cleft Lip and/or Palate During the School Years

Posted on Feb 5, 2019

Cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) poses many challenges for those affected throughout the school years, with recent studies pointing to a trend in poor educational outcomes. Previous research has highlighted the important role that teachers play in supporting young people with chronic health conditions yet studies in the field of CL/P suggest that teachers may lack knowledge of the condition, and underestimate pupils’ academic ability. Qualitative investigation of the impact of CL/P from the teacher’s perspective may provide additional insight as well as potential suggestions for improving the school experience for affected pupils.

Nicola Marie Stock, Matthew Ridley, Ella Guest, 2019

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