BSL in Schools

After School Clubs

“Turn Off The Voices and Let Your Hands Do The Talking…”

EDS offers willing students an entry into British Sign Language (BSL) that opens them to communication and a whole new perspective of the world, with some of the most experienced and talented tutors, EDS can guarantee fun and rewarding lessons and a worldly adventure for the students.
Sessions last for 1 hour, and may run before or after school. All sessions are interactive with games, BSL songs and handouts to ensure all students enjoy themselves whilst learning something new.
There are 11 million people in the UK alone who are deaf or are troubled with hearing loss. At EDS we offer workshops and assemblies in order to remove the barrier and improve communication between deaf and hearing people.

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Let Your Hands Do The Talking!
At EDS we offer workshops and assemblies in order to remove barriers and improve communication between deaf and hearing people.

There are 11 million people in the UK who are Deaf or have a hearing loss. Our sessions are designed to promote inclusion and improve understanding.

EDS offers pupils, from both primary and secondary schools, access to British Sign Language (BSL). These clubs promote a whole new way of communicating, always received positively by Pupils. Coordinated by our experienced and dedicated tutors, sessions are:
· 45 minutes to an one hour long.
· Interactive; with age appropriate games, BSL songs
· Provides take away resources so that the Pupils can continue their learning.
· Bespoke and flexible to ensure relevant content
· Advice about ongoing pathways and opportunities

For more information regarding BSL courses and training, please see BSL courses page.

If you would like more information about these sessions and how they can benefit the school please visit the contact us page and we will be happy to help.

Testimonies

  • Westminster
  • Newham
  • Sutton
  • Camden
  • Redbridge

We have taught over 300 students across London outer boroughs and worked with schools to promote deaf awareness, in order
to remove the barrier between deaf and hearing people and improve communication between the two.

Before School Club

EDS offers students from both primary and secondary schools, access to British Sign Language (BSL), in Before School Clubs. These clubs promote a whole new way of communicating to the pupils, which is always received positively. Consequently, the demand for the clubs to continue remains high. These clubs are delivered and coordinated by our experienced and dedicated tutors. Each session is 45 minutes to an one hour long. The sessions are interactive; with games, BSL songs and take away resources so that the students can continue their learning at home. We also aim to work closely with the schools to ensure that the sessions are designed to fit well into the Pupils’ current areas of learning and focus is always to ensure that the content is relevant. Those students who are inspired to learn more have the opportunity to continue towards qualification.

For more information regarding BSL course and training please see BSL courses page.

If you are interested, please contact our team and we will make sure all your BSL needs will be met.

GCSE in School

Currently, British Sign Language (BSL) is not offered within the National Curriculum as a GCSE option. BSL is the primary language used by nearly 100,000 Deaf people across the UK. Signature, the Awarding body for BSL qualifications, with support from the Deaf community, EDS and other supportive organisations, have been working tirelessly to map out a new BSL GCSE. Campaigns have now begun to ensure that this offer is considered by the Government and included in the National Curriculum. With at least 50,000 Deaf BSL users of working age across the UK, BSL is gradually on the rise and a very visible part of society.

Signature intend to continue with this campaign and hopefully in the future, they will award this qualification as a GCSE. So far, the campaign has successfully been able to give awards and certificates to BSL students depending on the credit points they have achieved.

Level Credit Points Qualification 
Level 1 9Award
Level 2 15Certificate 
Level 3 28Certificate
Level 4 36Certificate
Level 6 NVQ 36Certificate

Awards require 1- 12 points | Certificates require 13- 36 points

EDS continues to offer its support, promoting and campaigning to see BSL in Education. We are working with local schools across Greater London with the aim of improving understanding and promoting the benefits of BSL. We offer:
• After school clubs and structured classes in both primary and secondary schools.
• BSL Level 1, 2 & 3 across Greater London
• Groups & Community sessions
• Individual learning and support
• Workshops and assemblies in schools to promote Deaf Awareness
This activity in schools and communities helps to remove the attitudinal barriers faced by many Deaf people and dispel the many myths that still exist surrounding BSL and the Deaf community within wider society. Many schools have been supportive of our activities and provide time in their timetables to run formal learning in Level 1 & 2 BSL classes, as well as fun activities that both educate and raise awareness. The decision from the schools to run courses is discretionary, and the interest and uptake has been exceptionally positive and can be seen in the feedback we have collected. Many more opportunities are afforded to all those who take part and, in gaining better understanding, more positive life experiences are had by them and the Deaf people they may meet.

For more information regarding BSL courses and training, please see BSL courses page.

If you are a school interested in learning more about BSL or any other activities, please get in touch.

BSL for Staff

There are 11 million people in the UK who are Deaf or have a hearing loss, and 50,000 are Deaf BSL users of working age. At EDS we offer flexible training packages to businesses and schools which raises awareness and improves communication between Deaf and hearing people. These sessions are informative and offer a small insight into the Deaf community and BSL. The learning, however, does not stop there. Pathways towards formal learning and qualifications are available, opening up opportunities for both Deaf and hearing people.

For more information regarding BSL courses and training, please see BSL courses page.

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BSL for Parents

Recently we have seen a new audience develop for our courses; Parents. Many parents have been requesting access to the clubs in which their children are participating. Along with the school’s support we are happy to run taster sessions or accredited courses to any Parents keen to learn more and advise that sessions should be attended by a minimum of 12 people. Currently, we have delivered these sessions to many Parents in schools across London, many of whom have gone on to learn BSL in formal sessions. This reach is incredibly important as it extends knowledge and understanding of Deaf people, which is our organisation’s main commitment.

For more information regarding BSL courses and training, please see BSL courses page.