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Two in three teachers don’t know how to teach a deaf child

22nd Nov 2021

68% of teachers aren’t confident they can teach deaf children effectively. A third aren’t receiving crucial support from specialist staff. Deaf children already achieve an entire grade less at GCSE, even though deafness isn’t a learning disability. The National Deaf Children’s Society says the “shocking” findings must lead to urgent investment in specialist teachers. Two-thirds …

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 …

Lindsay Foster: GCSE Update

25th Oct 2021

On Wednesday 20th October 2021, Lindsay Foster, Executive Director at Signature met with the Department for Education (DfE) for a progress update on the GCSE in British Sign Language. The DfE told us that there would be a public consultation relating to the GCSE and this would be shared in the first half of 2022. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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