Year: 2009

Youngsters on the Ball Thanks to Club’s Sign Language Programme

24th Apr 2009

Football worker Ryan Williams has made a successful signing after helping develop a new schools programme. The 18-year-old, from the SAFC Foundation, is helping to boost communication skills across Wearside schools with a course that uses football to introduce youngsters to sign language.

10 Days to Go!

23rd Apr 2009

There is now only 10 days left to get your nominations in for the Learner of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

23rd Apr 2009

Since we began trading as Signature in January, we have been working hard to make a smooth transition of CACDP qualifications to Signature qualifications. We can now reveal that our first Signature qualification has been accredited by Ofqual, and is now on the new Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF).

Disability focus: Achieving disability equality in the FE system

20th Apr 2009

Enhancing equality of opportunity for disabled staff within the further education (FE) system is the key focus of this event. Through a mixture of open discussions, workshop activities and keynote speeches this conference will look at the issues and challenges that disabled staff are currently facing and how we can affect change through leadership.

Deaf groups welcome new accessible services

14th Apr 2009

A new service has launched that can help keep organisations on the right side of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) by granting access to qualified sign language interpreters at the touch of a button.

Finding a communication professional is now easier than ever

02nd Apr 2009

The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) now offers a new fully-searchable, free to access database of contact details for registered professionals.

Level 3 ACE qualifications practice script now available

26th Mar 2009

The practice script is now available for teachers of T301, T302 and T304. The script can be used for practise in the classroom or as a mock assessment. If you would like the practice script for your centre, please contact Shelley Edwards at or 0191 383 7928.

Nationwide Search For Stars in Deaf Communication is Launched

18th Mar 2009

The hunt is on to reward people in the UK and Ireland who have done most to overcome the communication barriers deaf people face in everyday life.

Assessment Process improvements

12th Mar 2009

We are improving the way we process assessments in response to feedback we received at our stakeholder focus groups. Centres asked us to consider modifying the process so completed assessments are sent direct to assessors. That would reduce the number of post journeys and the associated possibility of delays to results.

Gaynor Kingsman is moving on

05th Mar 2009

After six years with us, Gaynor Kingsman, our Communications Manager in Scotland is leaving us at the end of the month to take up an exciting new position. Gaynor has spent six years building strong face-to-face relationships with our partners in education and the voluntary and public sectors to secure project funding, and increase the number of candidates taking our qualifications. To be successful we need a strong profile and network in Scotland. Gaynor has given us both. She says no one deserves our appreciation more than the centres and teachers who deliver our qualifications, whose hard work continues to take us closer to our vision every day.