Year: 2021

Signature nominated for ‘Qualification of the Year’ at FAB Awards 2021

26th Oct 2021

At Signature, we take pride in everything we do and so it has been a fantastic honour to have been recognised and shortlisted for ‘Awarding Organisation of the Year’ this year. 

BSLforBeginners is now accredited by The CPD Certification Service

26th Oct 2021

Signature is delighted to announce that BSLforBeginners, our online British Sign Language (BSL) course is now Accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Developed and presented by Deaf teachers this course provides an immersive learning experience, with informal clips, receptive practice, short multiple-choice quizzes, vocabulary whilst contributing towards your CPD portfolio (1 CPD point). “CPD stands …

Lindsay Foster: GCSE Update

25th Oct 2021

On Wednesday 20th October 2021, Lindsay Foster, Executive Director at Signature met with the Department for Education (DfE) for a progress update on the GCSE in British Sign Language. The DfE told us that there would be a public consultation relating to the GCSE and this would be shared in the first half of 2022. …

Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)

25th Oct 2021

Recently returning to its original name, RNID is a national charity dedicated to creating an inclusive world for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or suffering from conditions such as tinnitus. As well as offering day-to-day support, RNID’s work involves campaigning, funding research, providing accessible information, supplying communication training, and offering practical advice to …

Is Our Language Being Driven by Technology?

22nd Oct 2021

How often do you find yourself looking back fondly to the old days, perhaps someone pops up in your memory bank and you often wonder how they are today. Leaving school, college, university, changing jobs, relocating or having children for instance, can happen in what seems the blink of an eye. It’s very easy, leading busy lives and loosing contact with someone unintentionally and before one knows it, years have passed.  I am certainty guilty, I have done it many times!

Signature Loyalty Programme 2021

18th Oct 2021

It’s hard to believe that we launched the Signature loyalty programme over two years ago. While in many ways the launch party in 2019 feels like yesterday, the last 20 months has been somewhat a blur for us all. Despite the restrictions, we were able to continue to distribute certificates and trophies last year which …

NDCS – Teacher of the Deaf apprenticeships

15th Oct 2021

Teachers may in the future be able to become apprentice Teachers of the Deaf as a way of becoming qualified to provide specialist support to deaf children and their families. Since autumn 2019, NDCS been working with the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP), the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, and a team of colleagues …

Rosie Cooper, MP, meets with Deaf sector representatives to discuss a British Sign Language Bill

14th Oct 2021

On Wednesday 6th October 2021, Rosie Cooper, MP, met with representatives from the Deaf Sector to discuss a British Sign Language Bill which she will bring forward as a Private Member’s Bill in January 2022. The aims of the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill will be to declare BSL as an official language of the …

Microsoft launches UK’s first national digital billboard campaign featuring sign language

12th Oct 2021

The first-ever national digital billboard campaign to feature British Sign Language (BSL) has been launched across the UK by Microsoft to highlight the importance of accessibility in driving innovation. The campaign has been launched at major railway stations, including Reading, Brighton, Waterloo, Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Liverpool Lime Street, Leeds and Edinburgh Waverley. Each digital billboard …

World Teacher Day 2021

05th Oct 2021

Today is World Teacher Day, celebrating the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 UNESCO recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It sets standards regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers for their initial preparation, further education, recruitment, employment, and learning conditions. The past 20 months have been challenging for everyone – especially teachers. So …