NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 2010

Opportunity to Give Your Opinion on Proposed Bill

Added 24 Sep 2010

As Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Deafness, Cathie Craigie MSP has introduced a consultation on a British Sign Language (BSL) Bill.

This Bill aims to secure BSL as one of Scotland's official languages, commanding equal respect with English and Gaelic; to have better awareness of information needs and services for BSL users; to protect the linguistic integrity of the language; and to promote the cultural aspects of BSL and the Deaf community as part of Scottish heritage.

Important Update on Level 1 BSL and ISL Awards

Added 20 Sep 2010

From 1 October 2010, unit BSL101 and ISL101 assessments no longer require filming, unless they are selected for quality assurance purposes.

Deaf People Can Now Undertake an Interpreting Qualification

Added 09 Sep 2010

We are pleased to announce that the first of our two public commitments to the Working Group on Professional Recognition for Deaf People Who Provide Language Services is operational.

Opportunity to Share Your Views

Added 09 Sep 2010

Consultation on British Sign Language (BSL) and support for Deaf and hard of hearing learners for the Learning and Skills Sector

Signature is currently carrying out an e-survey consultation on behalf of LSIS (The Learning and Skills Improvement Service) and would appreciate as much input as possible.

Brilliant Career Opportunities With Signature Based in Northern Ireland

Added 09 Sep 2010

We're looking for two dynamic and motivated individuals to liaise with Deaf people in the community encouraging and supporting Deaf sign language users to become qualified teachers and assist Public Sector organisations to work with Deaf people to make their services accessible.

Qualifications Update

Added 02 Sep 2010

Level 2 Certificate in Communication with Deaf People (CDA2) will no longer be included in our portfolio of accredited qualifications...


Unit T201 Communication with Deaf and Deafblind People (ACE) has been renamed Communicating with Deafblind People...

Exciting News From Northern Ireland

Added 02 Sep 2010

Signature is pleased to announce that the Entitlement Framework in Northern Ireland is in place for the forthcoming academic year. The Framework requires that all pupils aged between 14 and 19 are provided with a range of options at both GCSE and A Level. There will be 24 choices at GCSE and 27 at A Level and these must include a mix of both vocational (or applied) and academic subjects. Many schools are working in partnership with other schools and Further Education Colleges in Area Learning Communities to allow them to offer this choice to pupils.