Signature is a national charity and the leading awarding body for deaf communication qualifications in the UK. With almost 40 years’ experience, we’ve supported more than 450,000 people to learn British Sign Language. All Signature qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited by Ofqual (The office of the Qualifications and Examinations regulator). In 2019 Signature was announced as the winner of ‘Awarding Organisation of the year’ by the Federation of Awarding bodies.

John Bishop to learn sign language for new ITV documentary

09th Aug 2022

Comedian John Bishop and his son Joe will share the realities of hearing loss in a personal and insightful new documentary for ITV and ITV Hub, Joe & John Bishop: Life After Deaf. Co-produced by South Shore and Lola TV, the one-hour film will document John and Joe, who lost most of his hearing at …

Reigate Park Primary teaches BSL with impressive results!

19th Jul 2022

Reigate Park Primary Academy in Derby has made amazing strides in BSL education by introducing deaf awareness sessions and weekly BSL stories for all children in EYFS and KS1 and formal BSL lessons to all classes across KS2. Even more impressively, since only introducing the course in September 2021, they recently announced that 32 year …

BSL users to advise Government on key issues for Deaf people

18th Jul 2022

Minister for Disabled People, Chloe Smith, launches recruitment for the British Sign Language Advisory Board Launch follows BSL Act recognising BSL as an official language in England, Scotland and Wales, which c. 151,000 people in the UK use. For the first time in government applications will be accepted in BSL, and the Board will have …

Signature is proud to be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week!

09th May 2022

Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health! The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May. This year, the theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. Across the country, people will be reflecting …

My Deaf Story: Oliver Richardson

02nd May 2022

Hi, I’m Oliver Richardson. I currently work as a Drinking Water Process Scientist for one of the largest Water companies in the UK. My role involves ensuring that we provide wholesome drinking water to our customers 24/7, supporting our operational colleagues with any issues that may impact drinking water quality. Deafness means exactly that; being …

My Deaf Story: Claire Cooper-King

02nd May 2022

As part of our Deaf Awareness week series see below Claire’s Deaf story.  My name is Claire Cooper-King for social media. I’m 43 years old; something my brain won’t accept, but my body agrees with wholeheartedly ha-ha. I’ve worked in accounts for nearly 22 years, but my main passions are in acting, movies, and the …

My Deaf Story: Linsey Stocks

02nd May 2022

Thanks to Linsey, the Groups Coordinator at Forth Valley Sensory Centre.

Signature Fee Update

25th Apr 2022

Signature annually review all our policies, regulations, and fees to make sure we continue to operate and provide the level of service expected by our centres and candidates. Over the last 2 years, throughout Covid, we have done as much as possible to provide support to our centres and learners to allow them to achieve …

Signature meet Casualty star Gabriella Leon

23rd Apr 2022

Gabriella Leon starred as ‘Jade Lovall’, Casualty’s first deaf series regular in the shows history between 2018-2021. Gabriella’s main storylines on Casualty involved a team of deaf creatives, where her character ‘Jade’ met her birth mother for the first time and put the authentic experience of being deaf at the front of the narrative. The …

Deaf Day 2022 – we look forward to seeing you there

20th Apr 2022

Signature is looking forward to seeing everyone at the City Lit Deaf Day this Saturday (23rd April 2022). Signature will be in room 106 – why not come and say hello to our helpful team, who will be on hand to answer any questions you have. We also have some great freebies to give away …