Happy New Year 2020

The staff at iBSL would like to wish you all a Happy and prosperous New Year.
We are looking forward to the year ahead and have some exciting developments planned for 2020.
As always, our office is open 9am – 4pm daily to assist with any queries you may have via  telephone, or by Skype or WhatsApp for video calls.
For less urgent queries, kindly use our administration email: admin@ibsl.org.uk

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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:


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Working together with centres

An open letter to all iBSL centres.  Please also share this information with your teaching team and learners.

Working Together With Centres

BSL version of the letter




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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Welcome Michael!

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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:-

Interested in becoming an iBSL freelance External Examiners

Closing date for application is on Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 12pm.

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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’

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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.

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