Specialist Support for Schools

Specialist Support for Schools

Specialist support for deaf children in schools and the people that work with them

  • specialist_supportimagsSpecialist knowledge and experience to ensure children with hearing loss/deafness access all areas of the curriculum
  • Classroom practice and strategies
  • Providing BSL training to teachers and support staff
  • Individual-led action plan and support packages
  • Working together to provide appropriate signs to match language used in the classroom
  • British Sign Language support and guidance
  • Support the teachers and support staff to develop communication strategies to improve classroom practice
  • Ensuring the child has the acquired language to access all aspects of the curriculum
  • Weekly visits to schools to ensure continued support
  • Helpful classroom resources – to include peer participation and promote inclusion
  • Yearly subscription includes free online learning resource
  • In class support for child (CSW) level 3 sign language

For more information contact Emma O’Connor on 07785 233 074 emma@schoolofsignlanguage.com

Signing Santa


Santa visited Middlesbrough’s Cleveland Centre where he met a hearing impaired deaf girl Mali. To make sure he definitely knew what to bring her for Christmas, Santa used sign language to ask what she wanted.

Watch the video below to see Mali’s reaction.

Bonfire Night Safety


Stay Safe on Bonfire Night

  • Use gloves when you have sparklers
  • Have a bucket of water or sand close by for sparklers
  • Keep a safe distance from fires and fireworks
  • Don’t keep fireworks near open flames
  • Never return to a firework after it’s been lit, even if it doesn’t go off
  • Never hold fireworks


Pets and Bonfire Night

  • catMake sure to keep your pets inside on Bonfire Night!
  • Close the curtains, play music or turn on the TV to try to drown the noise.
  • Walk your dog during the day
  • Let your pet hide if they want to
  • If your pet lives outside, cover their pen or cage

If you’re having a bonfire be sure to check the area for small animals before lighting it!


Stay safe this Halloween

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Halloween is fun but remember it’s important to stay safe.

If you are trick or treating:

  • Always go in a group or with an adult
  • Take a torch with you
  • If any sweets look like they have been opened or tampered with do not eat them
  • Don’t walk on roads, stay on the pavement
  • Stay close to your home and know the route you are walking
  • Make sure your costume is warm but also that you can see clearly in it and will not trip or fall over it.
  • Add reflective tape to your costume so that cars can see you at night more easily
  • Never go into a stranger’s house


Stay Safe This Halloween


Halloween can be fun but it’s important to stay safe. Here are a few tips for trick or treaters!

  • Never go Trick or Treating alone
  • Plan your route before hand
  • Make sure you stay in clearly visible areas
  • Keep warm
  • Don’t go into anyone’s house you don’t know
  • Try using reflective tape or stickers. If you have them, use light sticks or torches
  • Be very careful when crossing the road
  • Check all sweets before they’re eaten

happy halloween

Tips for Deaf or hard of hearing bus users!



Tips for Deaf or hard of hearing bus users!

Do you find it difficult to communicate with the bus driver? Does the communication take too long and hold the bus up, making you feel embarrassed or frustrated? Do you get confused, get lost or get off in the wrong places? Do you get to places late because of problems with the bus?

Here’s how to get around the problems!

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What’s the difference between Sign Language and Makaton?

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Makaton is designed to be used to support spoken language, for people with learning or communication difficulties. Makaton is often used alongside speech to help aid children and adults with communication. It is common for people to eventually stop using signs as their speech develops.

British Sign Language (BSL) is a language with its own structure and grammar and uses hand signs, body language, facial expression and lip patterns. It is the language used by the deaf community in the UK and, as with any spoken language, is constantly evolving.

The signs used in Makaton are taken from Sign Language and, as Sign Language differs from country to country, so does Makaton. However, unlike Sign Language which has regional variations and dialects, the signs for Makaton will be the same throughout the country.

Deaf Awareness Week 2016


2 – 8th of May 2016 is Deaf Awareness Week.It’s a week dedicated to promoting inclusion and awareness of Deafness and Deaf culture.

School of Sign Language resources linked to Deaf Awareness

Some websites with additional information and various events

Celebrating 10 Years in Business


We are very proud to say that the School of Sign Language has been in business for 10 years.

The School of Sign Language was established by Debra Keyser (Reynolds) in April 2006 who was motivated by her drive and enthusiasm to break down barriers between Deaf and hearing communities. Following her own personal experiences, being hard of hearing, she was fully aware of the challenges Deaf people face every day.

The School of Sign Language has received numerous awards for their pioneering work and received national attention.

Throughout these 10 years we have worked with many different people including schools, colleges, prisons, businesses, organisations, hospitals, police, fire brigade, hotels, shops, banks, individuals, charities, job centres, football clubs and housing associations. We have also worked with ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Over the past decade we have accomplished many things. Some of our standout moments include;

  • 2007 – Deaf video podcasts
  • 2012 – Primary Sign launched
  • 2008 – Creature Discomforts, voice of Cath the cat
  • 2008 – This Morning appearance
  • 2010 – Sign Language GCSE equivalent
  • 2013 – National radio campaign
  • 2014 – Worked on Emmerdale Farm set


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Level 6 and NVQ Sign Language Courses Available

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Level 6 and NVQ 6 BSL interpreting courses are currently being run by BSL Interpretations Ltd and fylde Coast Bsl Centre.  Courses can be booked by emailing info@flydecoastbslcentre.co.uk or contacting Janice Crossland-Jones on 07816 363 174 via sms. To find out more download the posters below.

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