CSSC Sign Language programme

CSSC delivers its programme ‘Engaging with Sign – a language for you and me’ for the third time.

CSSC has succeeded in its application to the Department for Communities’ Sign Language Partnership Group to fund a third programme of sign language workshops which will raise awareness of the needs of the deaf community and teach valuable sign language skills. 

The programme of workshops will be delivered by Deaf Olympic Tennis Champion Anthony Sinclair (PGCE) who has been teaching British Sign Language for nine years.  His workshops are movement based and encourage children to play and learn through activities that are designed to be fun. Anthony is a great believer in promoting bilingualism and is a father to three young children who are being raised bilingually. Anthony believes that everyone should be able to experience sign language learning and he campaigns for sign language learning to be normalised.

The workshop programme is open to 10 controlled primary schools and is responsive to the needs of each individual school. Schools will be able to avail of the following:

·        three x 2 hour workshops for one class and their teacher or three x 1 hour workshops for two classes of the same year group. All workshops will be carefully planned with activities that will engage young minds and support schools in creating a sign language friendly environment. 

·     one x 1.5 hour staff building capacity workshop which will introduce strategies which enhance communication with the deaf child and which also allows staff to acquire some basic sign language skills which can be used in daily interactions with pupils.  

Tracey Woods, Schools’ Support Officer commented,

“I am delighted that controlled schools will be able to avail of this provision and I have been touched by the feedback received in response to the previous programmes by pupils, staff and parents. The overwhelming message from Principals is that this is an extremely worthwhile programme and parents have commented on their child’s enthusiasm for sign language and are surprised by how much their children are able to learn in such a short space of time.  There is a real appetite for sign language learning within the sector and it is great that CSSC is able to facilitate this provision.”

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Read about CSSC's first sign language programme here.

Read about CSSC's second sign language programme here.


7 December 2021