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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 …

Aim for that Glitter Ball Rose and Giovanni!

19th Nov 2021

I cannot miss the opportunity to mention the recent increase in Deaf people on our TV screens, seeing the number of Deaf actors/editors/reporters and campaigners on national television is just mind blowing!

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. …

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 …

Is Our Language Being Driven by Technology?

22nd Oct 2021

How often do you find yourself looking back fondly to the old days, perhaps someone pops up in your memory bank and you often wonder how they are today. Leaving school, college, university, changing jobs, relocating or having children for instance, can happen in what seems the blink of an eye. It’s very easy, leading busy lives and loosing contact with someone unintentionally and before one knows it, years have passed.  I am certainty guilty, I have done it many times!

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