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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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.

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Interested in becoming an iBSL Office Administration

There’s a vacancy at iBSL for an office administration role.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a fantastic team, please click on the link below for further information:-

Interested in becoming an iBSL Office Administration

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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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iBSL Office Closure for the 2018 Christmas Holidays

The iBSL office will close for the Christmas Holidays on Friday 21st December 2018 at 12 noon and will re-open on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas e-card

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iBSL are recruiting a new Academic and Quality Assurance Officer.

iBSL are recruiting a full time Academic and Quality Assurance Officer. The closing date for applications is Friday 21st December 2018 at 12pm. Late applications will not be accepted.

Click here Academic and Quality Assurance Officer for the job description.

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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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Qualification Approval


Please note courses cannot be advertised until they have been approved by IBSL.  This includes centres previously registered for other IBSL courses.  If a new course is being established the process to register the new course must be undertaken again.  Failure to follow the course approval process may result in unnecessary time and costs.




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Website Information

Our IBSL website has recently been updated, you might notice some changes which have been made to the news, events and centres page.

You will now be able to access the updated BSL studies qualifications and Level 2 Deafblind Communication Studies qualification on the website.

Please have a look at the qualifications information and our website.

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