NEWS FOR JUNE 2013

Signature Annual Awards Nominations Closed

Added 27 Jun 2013

Nominations for the 2013 Signature Annual Awards have now closed. We would like to thank the many hundreds of people who took the time to nominate their champions of the deaf community. The difficult task of choosing the shortlists now begins for the panel.

Signature's Chief Executive to Meet Lord Jones

Added 26 Jun 2013

Signature's Chief Executive, Jim Edwards, is meeting with Lord Nigel Jones of Cheltenham today, 26 June, to discuss access to services for deaf people.

Signature Teams Up with the Employability Project

Added 25 Jun 2013

Signature is looking forward to showcasing our fantastic Get Deaf Aware product at an event hosted by the Employability Project this coming Friday, 28 June.


The Employability Project works across the North East region to develop employability opportunities for disabled people.

Training Programme for 2013/2014 Announced

Added 24 Jun 2013

We are pleased to announce the new teacher training programme for the coming academic year. Whether you are a new teacher, or have been involved in delivering our qualifications for some time, our wide variety of teacher training events provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and ensure your skills are as up-to-date as possible.

Progress in Mark Griffin MSP's Proposal for a BSL Bill in Scotland

Added 21 Jun 2013

Mark Griffin MSP has lodged his final proposal for a BSL Bill in Scotland with the Parliamentary authorities. Mark will now be seeking to gain the support of fellow MSP's over the next few weeks.

Sir Malcolm Bruce Seeks Rights for Deaf People

Added 20 Jun 2013

Sir Malcolm Bruce MP has been lucky enough to be selected in the ballot for Private Members Bills. As a result he has decided to table a bill on communication support for deaf people.

Signature's Campaign for a GCSE in BSL Moves Forward

Added 20 Jun 2013

You may have read a recent article on the BBC website, Signing should be classed as foreign language for GCSE.

Public policy is a fast pace environment and there have been a flurry of developments since this article was written.

The Moment We've Been Waiting For - Regional Winners Announced

Added 19 Jun 2013

The time has finally arrived, today we find out who the lucky Regional Winners are in the 2013 Signature Annual Awards.

This year we received hundreds of amazing nominations in the categories of Teacher of the Year and Learner of the Year and the judging panel certainly had a tough job on their hands.

I-Sign 2 Project

Added 10 Jun 2013

As part of a Department for Education (DfE) funded grant being delivered through the National Deaf Children's Society, Signature is developing a new Education Communication Support Worker (ECSW) qualification at Level 3. The qualification will be specifically aimed at those working with students who are under 16 years of age.

Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach

Added 07 Jun 2013

Signature agrees with the Scottish government's May 2012 report, "Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach", that pupils should be given the opportunity to learn "modern European Languages, languages of the strong economies of the future, Gaelic and community languages of pupils in schools." British Sign Language (BSL) is a community language for up to 7,000 people in Scotland.

Signature Champions the Hearing Screening for Life Campaign

Added 06 Jun 2013

Signature were delighted to attend the launch of the Hearing Screening for Life Campaign in Parliament this week. The event took place in the Strangers Dining Room at the heart of Westminster and was attended by a number of leading organisations from the charitable sector.

Only 3 Weeks Left To Nominate

Added 05 Jun 2013

It's not too late to make your nomination in the remaining categories in the 2013 Signature Annual Awards.

Do you know a shining star who is working hard to improve the lives of deaf and deafblind people? If so, we want to know them too.

SignSpell Competition for Schools

Added 04 Jun 2013

£1000 worth of SignSpell prizes to be won!

Are you a teacher in a primary school or working with early years children? Enter now for a chance to be 1 of 5 lucky people to win a SignSpell pack for your school!