Selecting an accredited course provider
Students are advised to enrol with one of iBSL's Centres or another Awarding Body if wishing to study a BSL qualification. Please be aware training supplied by training centres or an online organisation who are not listed with iBSL or another Awarding Body will be unlikely to provide appropriate training towards recognised BSL qualifications.
iBSL Freelance External Examiners Vacancies
iBSL are pleased to announce that we are expanding our team of External Examiners. We are seeking skilled individuals to work on assessments across our full range of BSL and other qualifications.
For more information in English about the role please click here: Interested in becoming an iBSL freelance EE
For more information in BSL, please view this video:
Working together with centres
An open letter to all iBSL centres. Please also share this information with your teaching team and learners.
BSL version of the letter
More free 2-Day Linguistic Workshop in July
This summer iBSL will hold another free two-day linguistic workshop delivered by Kate Rowley, at The Gateway, 85-101 Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1SR.
Attendance at both full days of this workshop is compulsory for teachers at iBSL registered centres – either as a refresher course or for new teachers who want to learn about linguistics.
There are only 13 places available, so tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, via Eventbrite – the link is below.
The closing date for purchasing tickets is Friday 21st June 2019. iBSL will be running this two-day workshop again in Autumn.
Federation of Awarding Bodies visited our iBSL office
The team at iBSL had a lovely visit from Tom Beswick from The Federation of Awarding Bodies on Tuesday 1st May 2019.
Tom came to find out what we do at iBSL and found it interesting to discover we are the only Deaf-led Awarding Body Organisation in the UK!
Tom sent iBSL a selfie photo and thanked iBSL team for spelling out #LoveAOs in BSL!
New staffing at iBSL
As we continue to expand, iBSL would like to welcome to the team – two new part time administration staff, Catherine Nassimi-Green and Lisa Stead.
Catherine and Lisa will be working alongside Kate in continuing to provide an excellent service to our registered centres.
A very warm welcome to Catherine and Lisa!
City Lit – Deaf Day
iBSL will be at the Deaf Day event. Come and visit us at our stall on Saturday 27th April at City Lit, 1-10 Keeley St, Holborn, London WC2B 4BA
What an achievement for City Lit as they celebrate 100 years of Deaf Education and, included in the celebrations, 50 years since their Centre for Deaf Education was established.
Congratulations City Lit on these special occasions.
iBSL welcome a new member to the Board of Trustees
More exciting news from iBSL!
We are pleased to welcome a new member to the Board of Trustees, Michael Stead.
Michael joins the Board with immediate effect and brings with him a wealth of experience in management and development working in an executive capacity for a number of years.
Michael will work alongside The Chair of the Board, Jill Pearce and our Executive Director Michelle Jones in further developing iBSL.
iBSL are pleased to welcome a new Chairperson
As iBSL begin the next exciting chapter in our development, we would like to welcome Jill Pearce to the Board of Trustees.
Jill is stepping into the role of Chair of the Board and brings with her a wealth of experience.
As a native BSL user with a passion for both education and the attainment of young deaf people, Jill decided to train as a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) and began her career journey in 1999 -Jill qualified in 2006 and has taught deaf people in a wide range of educational settings both in the UK and internationally ever since.
Jill worked as a teacher of deaf children in California between 2003 and 2013 but decided to return home to the UK in 2014 and has spent the last 5 years teaching in primary, secondary, further and higher education.
Both Jill and our Executive Director Michelle Jones have many exciting plans for the development of iBSL and would encourage you to keep your eyes peeled for further news in the near future, welcome Jill.
Interested in becoming an iBSL freelance External Examiners
iBSL are expanding the pool of freelances External Examiners.
Interested in joining our team? Then look no further and click on the link below:-
Closing date for application is on Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 12pm.
2 Days Deafblind Awareness Pilot in Ireland
We are pleased to announce that having received an Awards for All Grant from the Big Lottery fund, iBSL are now looking to create revised qualifications around Deafblind Awareness. Part of this funding was recently used to provide a pilot course Deafblind Awareness Level 1 in Ireland, free of charge to the participants. This was the first time the course, which had already been available throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, had been offered in Ireland.
Below are some pictures and testimonials below from the fantastic event.
‘Course instructors having dual sensory loss so able to give personal experience of deafblind’
‘very informative and practical information’
‘very thought inspiring’
‘the course has made me reflect on my own work practice’