Specialist Support for Schools

Specialist Support for Schools

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


  • Specialist 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 Annette Butler on 07866 513 274, or e-mail; annette.butler@primarysign.com

Praise for SOSL!

Emanuel School’s Assistant Head Pastoral Head of Modern Foreign Languages Sara Williams-Ryan says;

“Marios and Hussein were really fantastic !! Thank you so much for sending them to our school. The pupils, my colleague Sophie and I thoroughly enjoyed their session on British Sign Language and I must say I was particularly impressed with how quickly the pupils picked up words and the alphabet, thanks to Marios’ great teaching and Hussein’s clear interpreting.

Thank you again.”

Darwen Vale high school love our in schools project!

Darwen Vale Students Learning BSLDarwen Vale High School introduced British Sign Language as an option for pupils to study in Years 10 and 11 in September 2009. This was in conjunction with the School of Sign Language in Schools Project.

Here’s what Darwen Vale High School had to say:

This unique opportunity enabled us to enrich our curriculum and extend our Modern Foreign Language provision. Pupils were enthusiastic and open to learn about the course and what it represents in our community. Several Year 10 pupils are researching careers with BSL after only 6 months of the course; seeing success in their qualification already has motivated them to learn. Seeing a deaf tutor communicate and relate their studies to a real-life environment allows pupils to appreciate the purpose and value of such a qualification.

We have made much closer links with two of our local schools as a result of BSL. One primary feeder school houses a Hearing Impaired Unit, and our local special school has several deaf and hearing impaired students. Both these schools are willing to collaborate with us in 2010-11 when we extend our offer of provision. With regards to our staff Continuous Professional Development, one member of our support staff has BSL qualifications, and has been able to fully support the cohort as well as make steps to improving her own learning for the future.

With a national trend emerging of pupils not taking up MFL offer in KS4, the BSL qualification is a logical, practical, work-related step towards combating this situation. Pupils and parents/carers have embraced BSL and we hope that it continues to be a success for future cohorts.

Is your school inclusive to deaf children?

“Inclusion……is about much more than the types of school children attend: it is about the quality of their experience and how far they are helped to learn, to achieve and participate fully in the life of the school” (DfES, Removing Barriers to Achievement, 2004)

Schools that promote the inclusion of deaf children and offers equal opportunities.

According to NDCS “For deaf children to experience successful inclusion and equal opportunity, their educational placement must be deaf friendly in accordance with NDCS published guidelines and recommended standards.”


School of Sign Language can visit schools to ensure there is effective communication between pupils and staff, both educationally and socially. This is provided through consultation and Foundation Sign Language courses.

Learning to use sign language together within school is a fun interactive time that enables the hearing and deaf children and teachers to acquire signed communication skills.

Our Foundation Course sessions provide a fantastic opportunity for deaf and hearing children to learn together and establish friendships.

The sessions are delivered during classroom time or after school as a weekly session. Children learn a variety of different topics which are designed to support communication. Courses are delivered by deaf tutors and supported by interpreters and visual resources.