Sign Language (BSL)

Introduction to Sign (BSL)

All our sign based courses us British Sign Language (BSL) unless stated Sign Supported English (SSE) *

A recent study of young people, both Deaf and hearing, across the UK, found over 90% want to learn British Sign Language. Introduction to sign courses are perfectly placed to help children and adults learn the lifetime skill of signing, together in a fun and informal way that provides enhanced interactions for all concerned.

  • There are 11 million people with hearing loss across the UK, that’s around one in six of us.
  • By 2035, we estimate there’ll be around 15.6 million people with hearing loss across the UK – that’s one in five.
  • There are 50,000 children with hearing loss in the UK. Around half are born with hearing loss while the other half lose their hearing during childhood.
  • An estimated 900,000 people in the UK have severe or profound hearing loss.
  • There are 151,000 BSL users in the UK. *sourced from

BSL is the 4th most commonly used native language in the UK and now recognised as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL).  SSE is using BSL signs but in the word order of spoken English – it is used often in schools to support English Language learning.

With the government consulting on bringing Sign Language into the curriculum soon what a way to help your child get ahead of the curve especially as British Sign Language is now classed as a modern foreign language.

The Introduction to Sign course is set up at 3 courses each at 4 weeks and 1 hour each session, below is a brief outline of each course.

  • Introduction to sign -D/deaf culture, Finger Spelling, Numbers& Dates, Family and Key vocabulary to give a simple grounding in using sign language. (Free pocket dictionary)
  • Introduction to Sign Continued – Travel, Feelings & Health, Food as well as a further understanding of non manual features of sign and increased confidence and vocabulary.
  • Introduction to sign Conversation – Building on previous sections of learning and works on increasing fluidity of signing, use of non manual features and increased vocabulary and receptive skills.

*Sign Supported English (SSE) is mostly used to teach in the Early Years

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