Signature

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

British Sign Language for beginners available now

04th Oct 2021

Signature the UK’s leading awarding organisation in deaf communication qualifications have today announced a new online course – British Sign Language (BSL) for beginners. BSL for beginners is a comprehensive online course developed alongside language experts and Deaf teachers to provide communication skills and knowledge. Signature have drawn on 40 years of experience enabling hundreds …

International Week of Deaf People 2021

20th Sep 2021

Today is the start of International Week of Deaf People 2021. This week, we come together to recognise that deaf people have their own communities, our own cultures, our own languages, sign languages, which unite us all. This year’s theme for the International Week of Deaf People is “Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities”. Deaf communities have …

Celebrating 40 years of Signature – Catholic Deaf Association 

02nd Sep 2021

Based in Manchester, Catholic Deaf are an association for both Deaf and hearing people who offer services and support Deaf people.

Introducing our new course – BSL for beginners

31st Aug 2021

Signature the UK’s leading awarding organisation in British Sign Language (BSL) are excited to share our new online course – BSL for beginners.   The course, an introduction to BSL and deaf awareness provides an immersive learning experience, with informal clips, receptive practice, short multiple-choice quizzes, vocabulary and more.  Over the last 6 – 12 months we have seen an increase in online ‘introductory’ courses popping up, concerns have been raised with …