Year: 2010


27th Aug 2010

The qualification specification, unit specifications and regulations for our Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting (QCF) are now available on our website.

2010 Welcome Newsletters Available

25th Aug 2010

We have recently sent out welcome newsletters to our centres running Level 1 and 2 British Sign Language. We would be grateful if you could pass these to your Signature teachers to give to their students.

Text Relay Services

20th Aug 2010

Have your say by taking part in research about the future of text relay and other services for people who are deaf, partially deaf with or without speech.

Power of Silence

11th Aug 2010

Josh is sixteen, he is hard of hearing, and wears hearing aids having suffered from meningitis as a young child. As a result he attends a residential school for deaf children and young people. When his funding for the school is withdrawn, he is forced to return to mainstream education.

This powerful play follows Josh’s experiences in his new school and the relationships he builds. Regularly tormented and increasingly isolated at school and home, Josh gradually breaks down the barriers between himself and his hearing school mates through friendship.

Liberty Festival at National Gallery

09th Aug 2010

The Liberty Festival is an annual event at Trafalgar Square, celebrating the contribution of Deaf and disabled people to London’s culture.

New Series on BBC Radio 4

28th Jul 2010

A new series of Word of Mouth, on BBC Radio 4, explores the different ways in which deaf people communicate: sign language, lip reading and also speaking.

Story from the Caledonian Mercury

20th Jul 2010

Regular use of mobile phones linked to ear ringing

People who use mobile phones regularly may be putting themselves at risk of developing a debilitating ear condition.

A small study published today suggests that using a mobile for at least four years seems to be linked to a doubling in the risk of developing chronic tinnitus, a persistent ringing or hissing in the ear.

A story from the Middlewich Guardian

14th Jul 2010

A ‘sign’ of the times at Middlewich Primary School

Children in Middlewich have become the first in Cheshire to achieve a national qualification in sign language.

Nine youngsters from Middlewich Primary School and one girl from St Mary’s School have passed the same assessment that is given to adults.

Consultation on BSL Bill

13th Jul 2010

The BSL Bill was launched on Thursday, 08 July and it is now time for us all to submit our responses. A copy of the Consultation document can be found here or you can find it in BSL by clicking here.

C4 to subtitle all programming output from 2011

05th Jul 2010

Channel 4 aims to offer subtitles on all programmes and films across TV and online by next January as part of a package of measures to improve its access services.

The core C4 channel currently subtitles about 90% of its shows, but the broadcaster plans to step this up, with a pledge to move towards 100% across its whole portfolio from next month. The move is a signifi cant step up for Film 4, which currently subtitles just 35% of its movies, More 4 (41%) and E4 (60%).