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 are proud to be supporting Sign Language Week 2022

14th Mar 2022

Signature is once again proud to be supporting Sign Language Week 2022, the campaign is run on an annual basis by the British Deaf Association (BDA).  The theme for Sign Language Week 2022 is: “BSL Brings Us Together”.  The aim of the campaign is to encourage people of all ages across the UK to take up …

National Careers Week 2022

07th Mar 2022

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. A Signature qualification can set you on the path to a number …

BSL Bill passes 2nd reading: UK Deaf community celebrates important step towards legal status of British Sign Language

29th Jan 2022

Deaf people around the UK are celebrating a vital step towards the legal recognition of British Sign Language (BSL), after the BSL Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons today. BSL is the first language of 87,000 Deaf people in the UK. The language was formally recognised by the UK government in …

John Walker announced as new Signature Chair

26th Jan 2022

Signature are delighted to announce that John Walker is to become our new Chair from March. John has been on the Signature Board of Trustees for the last 7 years and Vice-Chair for the last 6 years. John is a Lecturer at University of Sussex and is convening an undergraduate programme in British Sign Language …

Paul Keen to step down as Signature Chair

25th Jan 2022

In December Paul Keen, decided the time was right for him to step down as Signature Chair after 10 years. Paul has been a member of our Board of Trustees for 10 years, serving the last 5 as chair. Paul has overseen arguably the biggest challenge to face Signature over the last 40 years with …

BSL Bill provides an opportunity for sign language to finally achieve legal status in the UK

25th Jan 2022

On Friday 28 January 2022, Labour MP Rosie Cooper will bring forward – through a Private Member’s Bill – her British Sign Language (BSL) Bill for its second reading in Parliament. If the Bill passes into law, a BSL Act would secure the legal status and increase public awareness of BSL. Government Departments and public …

BSL Bill Rally

24th Jan 2022

On Friday 28th January, MPs will debate the BSL Bill proposed by Rosie Cooper MP. Organisations from across the sector are united in calling for a BSL Act to achieve legal status for British Language as the primary language of the Deaf community in the United Kingdom. As part of the campaign, there will be …

Signature are supporting the BSL Bill

20th Jan 2022

Signature is proud to be supporting the BSL Bill, led by the British Deaf Association (BDA), who is working with several other Deaf charities and organisations whose purpose is to support the Deaf community. The group are The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD), Signature, Institute of British …

Signature announce 40th Celebration event

07th Jan 2022

Signature are excited to announce a special 40th Celebration event to take place in November 2022.   As part of our 40th year celebrations, we want to acknowledge all those people and organisations that have played a part in helping us to become who we are today.  Getting to where we are today hasn’t always been …