Conference Itinerary

After incredible interest in the Signature Conference 2017, we are excited to ‘go digital’ and move the conference to a more accessible, online platform. We have relaunched the event as the Signature e-Conference, which can be viewed online from your home, workplace or on the move.

Engaging with the sector is vital. Brightening the futures for so many depends on us all working together. The e-Conference allows us to share with even more people.

The content will be available over the course of four full days, giving you access at a time that works best for you. Signature will be online to answer your questions and take on board your comments, and there will be an online space for conference delegates to network with each other.

Accessing the Signature e-Conference is simple. Purchase your ticket for £30 from You will be given an individual log in that allows you to access all of the e-Conference content from 10am on Thursday 23rd March - midnight Sunday 26th March.

The following sessions will be available to watch online, allowing you to pause, review and rewind so you don’t miss any content:

Session 1: Change begins with all of us

Changes and challenges within the education system over the past 30 years and what this means for teachers today.

Signature update: Where we have been and where we plan to go, playing to our strengths and the changes we’ve had to adapt to recently.

Speakers: John Walker, Lindsay Foster

Session 2: Focusing on what matters

Responding to the developments in deaf education, and developing qualifications and products that make a real difference to teachers and students by working with the right teams.

The ongoing development of a BSL qualification for secondary learners, and Signature’s hopes to eventually deliver this qualification as a GCSE in England.

Speakers: Kimberly Curry, Lindsay Foster

Session 3: We are stronger together

A discussion on why collaborative working is critical to the successful delivery of Signature qualifications. Get the perspectives of teachers, centres and students on our roles and responsibilities, and how sharing knowledge can make an impact and build greater awareness and inclusion in a wider world.

A teacher story - Nurturing skills for a bright future

Centre perspective - Ensuring choice and access for learners

A learner story - My learning journey to career success

An exploration into new technologies, and how investing through technology to make smarter products and opportunities is making a difference.

Speakers: Emma Caswell, Mark Hopkinson, Emma Mortimer

Session 4: Inspirational speaker

Our inspirational speaker, Peter Jackson, founder of the Institute of British Sign Language (iBSL) awarding body and the British Deaf History Society, will take to the stage to share his wisdom and experiences.

Also available from the Signaure e-Conference 2017 is:

Continued Professional Develpment (CPD)

We have gathered content from some of our industry’s experts to create four insightful CPD presentations.

View each presentation in your own time to keep up to date with industry trends, and make notes to help you incorporate new learnings into your work.

  • Enhancing skills in English based teaching
  • Maximising student potential
  • Supporting students with deafness
  • Teaching BSL in secondary schools

Live chat

Speak to us during the Signature e-Conference through live chat, have your questions answered and respond to our speakers’ shared experiences and knowledge.


Emma Caswell

Emma has spent 12 years working at Heathlands school, teaching at the BSL Centre for six years and as BSL Centre Manager for the past four years. She teaches courses and workshops from DAC1 to BSL Level 4, and will soon begin teaching Level 6 students. Her teaching focuses on sharing skills and enabling people to develop within a safe environment. Her passion for teaching comes from enjoying seeing learners progress from having no knowledge to being able to hold conversations in BSL.

Emma Mortimer

Emma Mortimer is the Commercial Services Manager at Signature where she develops and implements strategies to develop and grow the organisation. She began working for Signature in 2008, during this time achieving her Level 3 in British Sign Language qualification. Emma graduated from Huddersfield University with a BA (Hons) in Marketing and has for the last 17 years worked in a number of marketing and strategic roles, her last role being at BAE Systems.

John Walker

John joined Signature as a Trustee in October 2015. He is a Teaching Fellow at University of Sussex, developing undergraduate programmes in British Sign Language and Deaf culture, and a PhD student in Human Geography, which includes the mapping of Deaf spaces. His interest in working with Deaf and hard of hearing people began with 'Friends for Young Deaf people', where he worked as a development officer and training manager, before setting up his own training company, Chereme Ltd.

Kimberly Curry

Kimberly is Signature’s Qualifications and Quality Manager, with more than 26 years experience of the Awarding Body sector. She is responsible for developing qualifications and ensuring the quality of the assessment methods, maintaining relationships with government regulators, and monitoring and responding to changes in the education sector today.

Mark Hopkinson

Since 2014, Mark has been head of department for Sign Language and Lipreading at City Lit, managing a large number of programmes and supervising teacher co-ordinators responsible for both BSL and Lipreading courses. Mark has taught and assessed all levels of BSL, from introductory to Level 6 and is a qualified Internal Verifier, also providing consultancy and advice for BSL tutors in other colleges. Mark is currently the joint head of City Lit’s renowned ‘Centre for Deaf Education’ which oversees provision and services for deaf students and staff throughout City Lit.

NDCS Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB)

The YAB is a group of deaf young people aged 11-18 from all over the UK. They share their experiences, advice and views to impact the work of NDCS, develop their presentation and campaigning skills, and influence decision makers. We will be joined by a member of the board who will share their campaign for deaf children and young people’s right to access and to learn sign language.

Lindsay Foster

Lindsay took on the position of executive director at Signature in May 2016. Her role is to lead on building a stronger Signature by developing market driven qualifications and products that meet the needs of customers. She will share updates from Signature and her ideas about the journey ahead,  as well as discussing the importance of working together within our community and being responsible for making the changes we want to see happen.

Peter Jackson

Peter has had a lifelong interest in Deaf history and criminology, and currently serves as President of Deaf History International. In 2016, Peter was given the Chair’s Award from the British Deaf Association in recognition of his work in establishing the Institute of British Sign Language (iBSL) awarding body and the British Deaf History Society

To be announced soon

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