Education is for everybody...Bilingual Deaf Education is for all Deaf children

'If you are a parent, teacher or Teacher Assistant supporting a deaf children in education and want to develop your knowledge and understanding, or want to make professional links and collaborate with others, then we can help you achieve that. We provide training programmes led by recognised experts in teaching and research of deaf education'



Some of the consortium schools regularly offer training and day courses that are designed for Teachers working bilingually with deaf children and young people in any setting. The current issues and developments are shared in workshops and training days.

Previous events

Curriculum and Assessment Seminars Days

These days offer curriculum and assessment leaders the opportunity to come together to share their ideas and plans in response to the New National Curriculum and ‘Life without Levels’. More recently, we have begun to moderate between schools and also benchmark attainment and progress data for deaf sign bilingual children nationally.  


2010/11 was the SiBi Year of Reading!
We held some workshops looking at a variety of themes...

  • Phonics
  • BSL effects and translation issues
  • Interventions that work (and those that don't)
  • Assessments that help

Ruth Swanwick reviewed the literature and has embarked on a big piece of research on reading and is collaborating on the Dream project. 

Dates for workshops
June 17th 2013 at Frank Barnes School  - Assessment Seminar Day

Curriculum Innovation
At Longwill School -    
We are planning to hold our next day according to demand!  Please contact Longwill school if you would be interested and we'll put on a day.

'Learning Tools for Teachers of the Deaf' day

Using 'Visual Phonics by Hand' by Babs Day
& 'Play Station Portables in your classroom' by Alison Carter
Learn to use these tools
and watch masterclasses in action
at Longwill, Northfield, Birmingham B31 1LD

only £80 (inc lunch and a memory card of your learning!)

Frank Barnes Visitor mornings

We hold two visit per term  (see for details and booking)


Latest Course Information

If you are a qualified teacher with QTS and wish to become a Teacher of the Deaf with a particular specialist Bilingual Deaf Education approach contact Dr Ruth Swanwick, course leader at Leeds University.



Dr Ruth Swanwick


MA Deaf Education International