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.

Celebrating 40 years of CACDP (now Signature) as an independent organisation

04th Jan 2022

On 1st January 1982, the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) became an independent organisation. Charitable status had already been applied for and would be formally granted later that month. CACDP was formed in November 1980 from a Communication Skills Project financed by the Department of Health and Social Security and …

Welcome back

04th Jan 2022

Welcome back, I hope you had a lovely Christmas, spent with those that are important to you. We hope you feel recharged, refreshed, and ready for the New Year. We have learnt over the last 22 months it’s essential to focus on what is important to each of us and here at Signature we are …

Signature Christmas Message 2021

07th Dec 2021

I would like to start today by reflecting on the last year for Signature and for our centres. We started the year by going into lockdown, challenging us all once again. But you, our centres and learners stepped up again using innovation and determination to support each other and continued to deliver and pass our …

Signature to donate 50% of shop sales to Children in Need

17th Nov 2021

We are giving away 50% of the money that is raised through the Signature shop this Friday, Friday 19th November to Children in Need 2021. For any product purchased between 12 am and 11:59 pm on Friday 19th November, Signature will donate 50% of the value to Children in Need. What is Children in Need? …

John Walker & Rebecca Anne Withey meet with BBC Radio Berkshire

16th Nov 2021

[Starts] The Andrew Peach show. [Intro music playing] BBC Radio Berkshire. I don’t know what it is about this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, but I think it’s a really, really good year. I mean, it’s going to be John and Johannes or Rose and Giovanni in the end, and I don’t even mind the results …

Signature meets with BBC Radio 4 to discuss the impact of Rose Ayling-Ellis & Giovanni Pernice’s success

11th Nov 2021

*Interview starts* What we experience is basically a breakthrough in the representationof deaf people in the mainstream media. Rose Ayling-Ellis, who is profoundly deaf and uses a hearing aid, is appearing on Strictly Come Dancing and so impressive have been her performances with partner Giovanni Pernice that she is now the bookies favorite to win …

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 …

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 …