Sign Language Programme 2019

Funding secured for second sign language programme

CSSC is pleased to announce it has secured funding from the Department for Communities’ Sign Language Partnership Group’ to deliver its programme of sign language workshops, ‘Engaging with Sign – a language for you and for me’,  for the second year running. 

Expressions of interest have been invited from controlled primary schools who are educating children with severe/profound hearing loss to participate in this year’s programme.  

Up to 10 controlled primary schools are expected to benefit from participation in a programme of workshops which will raise awareness of the needs of the deaf community and teach basic sign language skills.

Each school will receive four hours of sign language tuition delivered over two visits.  A parent workshop of 1.5 hours duration will also be offered as part of the programme so that the learning is experienced by the wider school community. 

Tracey Woods, School Support Officer said,

“The first programme of workshops delivered by CSSC was very well received by our participating schools and we are delighted to be able to run the programme again this year.

“The appetite to engage with sign language learning is very much in evidence in the controlled sector.  This year, we are delighted to be able to expand the programme of offer to include five regional workshops that will allow teachers and classroom assistants, from primary and post-primary schools, to learn about the most effective communication strategies to use with deaf children, and experience basic sign language learning.”

Invitations to the regional workshops will be issued in January 2020 to both primary and post-primary schools who are educating children with severe/profound hearing loss or mild/moderate hearing loss.    

Should you wish to receive any further information about this programme please contact School Support Officer, Tracey Woods on 028 9531 3042 or at tracey.woods@csscni.org.uk.