NEWS FOR JULY 2013

Action for Deafness open new premises

Added 31 Jul 2013

Signature chief executive, Jim Edwards, is attending the opening of the new Action for Deafness offices in Haywards Heath today, 31 July.

CSW Development Fund

Added 30 Jul 2013

Schools, colleges and education authorities in England can apply to a new fund for improving the British Sign Language (BSL) skills of communication support workers (CSWs) working with deaf children and young people.

Signature meet with Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson to discuss access to legal aid for deaf people

Added 29 Jul 2013

Signature chief executive, Jim Edwards, is meeting with renowned paralympic athlete and disability rights advocate, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, today, 29 July.

"Don't leave deaf people lost in translation", Signature tells Ofcom

Added 26 Jul 2013

Signature is asking Ofcom to step up the quality and quantity of live TV subtitles to improve the viewing experience of deaf and hard of hearing people.

Proposed Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for Deaf Learners working in the Pre-16 Sector

Added 25 Jul 2013

Signature is in the process of designing a new Level 3 qualification that would enable communication support professionals working with deaf children and young people at Key Stages 3 and 4 to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

2013 Signature Annual Awards - National Shortlists Announced

Added 24 Jul 2013

We are delighted to announce the national shortlists in the 2013 Signature Annual Awards.

Meet Signature at Language Show Live

Added 23 Jul 2013

Signature will be exhibiting at Language Show Live from 18 Oct 2013 to 20 Oct 2013. Come and meet us at stand number 700 to find out more about Signature qualifications, SignSpell and Get Deaf Aware.

Have your say on Work Capability Assessments

Added 22 Jul 2013

The Department of Work and Pensions have launched a consultation on individual's experiences of Work Capability Assessments (WCA).

Evie shows signs of a bright future

Added 19 Jul 2013

We are delighted to tell you about a very special five year old girl, Evie Gavin, who recently passed the first unit of the Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language.

Signature urges businesses to employ more deaf people

Added 18 Jul 2013

On Wednesday 17 July, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) held an event to encourage businesses to employ more disabled people. The event was attended by some of the UK's leading blue-chip companies, who were informed of the benefits of employing disabled workers.

Scottish Government Commits to Equality for Deaf People

Added 16 Jul 2013

The Scottish Government has funded a consortium of deaf organisations, led by the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD), to launch a project called "Equality & Access for Deaf People". The project will work with public bodies to make their services accessible for all deaf people across Scotland.

Good News for British Sign Language Bill Scotland

Added 12 Jul 2013

Mark Griffin MSP's groundbreaking British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Bill is another step closer to becoming reality.

Qualification Specifications 2013-2014

Added 10 Jul 2013

Qualifications Specifications for the next academic year 2013-2014 are now available on the Signature website.

Support the Sign Good Morning Campaign

Added 09 Jul 2013

A whole host of celebrities are giving the thumbs up in support of the Sign Good Morning campaign organised by the Life and Deaf Association.

Would you like to join Signature's Board of Trustees?

Added 08 Jul 2013

Signature has two vacancies for Trustees with skills and experience in either finance and business, or education.

Update on Level 3 Qualifications

Added 05 Jul 2013

We are working hard to provide you with the new Level 3 BSL/ISL qualification. The Qualification Specification and Regulations will be on our website shortly, ready for delivery from September 2013. In the meantime a draft version of the specification will be available from the office, from Monday 1 July 2013.

Ofqual General Conditions of Recognition

Added 05 Jul 2013

As an awarding body accredited by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations), Signature is subject to their General Conditions of Recognition.

Qualification Specifications 2013 - 14

Added 05 Jul 2013

We are happy to announce that the qualification specifications for 2013-14 are now available on our website.

Signature meet with Disability Advocate Dame Anne Begg

Added 04 Jul 2013

Signature are meeting with Dame Anne Begg, Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, today with the aim of putting deaf issues on their radar.

Try SignSpell, for 30 days, for free!

Added 03 Jul 2013

Sign up now to receive your 30 day free trial of SignSpell resources.

We are currently offering a free trial for UK schools to demonstrate how effective SignSpell can be as an inclusive resource improving spelling for early years and Primary children.

Signature Require External Verifiers

Added 02 Jul 2013

Is your first language BSL? Do you have high level signing skills and understand Sign Linguistics? Do you want to achieve a further qualification and help improve standards in BSL assessment? Working as a Signature External Verifier (EV) may be the perfect opportunity for you.