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.

Liverpool Schoolgirl Nominated for Signature Annual Award

05th May 2009

An eight year old girl was nominated for a national award – thanks to her signing skills.

Amelia McCabe has been signing since she was a little girl as both of her parents are deaf. The youngster’s talents have even stunned her mother, who set up West Derby-based sign language academy Talking Hands.

Amelia, from Croxteth, is currently taking her level two exams which are an equivalent to a GCSE.

Deaf Awareness Week Event From Co.Deaf

05th May 2009

Co.Deaf will be running a free deaf event at County Hall Durham on the 8 May for Deaf Awareness Week. There will be equipment and information stalls available throughout the day with interpreters and lipspeakers available.

Signature qualifications update

30th Apr 2009

Following the recent announcement that our first Signature qualification; Signature Level 1 in British Sign Language has been accredited by Ofqual, we can now confirm that two further qualifications have been accredited and are now also on the new Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF).

Record numbers sign up for deaf awards

28th Apr 2009

Nominations flying in for the Signature Annual Awards scheme.

The Signature Annual Awards are designed to recognise and reward those who have made in their own way a significant contribution toward achieving a society in which deaf people have full access.

However, with the May 3 deadline for the Learner of the Year and Teacher of the Year categories approaching, there is limited time to ensure that those deserving the recognition receive it and anyone making nominations is urged to do so via the website before it is too late.

Youngsters on the Ball Thanks to Club’s Sign Language Programme

24th Apr 2009

Football worker Ryan Williams has made a successful signing after helping develop a new schools programme. The 18-year-old, from the SAFC Foundation, is helping to boost communication skills across Wearside schools with a course that uses football to introduce youngsters to sign language.

Signature Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

23rd Apr 2009

Since we began trading as Signature in January, we have been working hard to make a smooth transition of CACDP qualifications to Signature qualifications. We can now reveal that our first Signature qualification has been accredited by Ofqual, and is now on the new Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF).

10 Days to Go!

23rd Apr 2009

There is now only 10 days left to get your nominations in for the Learner of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

Disability focus: Achieving disability equality in the FE system

20th Apr 2009

Enhancing equality of opportunity for disabled staff within the further education (FE) system is the key focus of this event. Through a mixture of open discussions, workshop activities and keynote speeches this conference will look at the issues and challenges that disabled staff are currently facing and how we can affect change through leadership.

Deaf groups welcome new accessible services

14th Apr 2009

A new service has launched that can help keep organisations on the right side of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) by granting access to qualified sign language interpreters at the touch of a button.

Finding a communication professional is now easier than ever

02nd Apr 2009

The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) now offers a new fully-searchable, free to access database of contact details for registered professionals.