President of ABSLTA
Patron of ABSLTA
Emma has been a sign language teacher for over 25 years.
I originally trained at BSLTA (British Sign Language Training Agency) at Durham University in 1987 while I was BSL Teacher Secretary at Oxford Deaf Club.
During motherhood, I became an illustrator for Deaf children’s’ books, and for the BBC Hands Up series. As my children got older, I updated my teacher qualifications at the City Lit where I achieved an STTC, City & Guild 7307, 7407 Stage 1 and 2, and worked as a BSL teacher in some Adult Education colleges. I was also BSL Teacher Co-ordinator at Enfield College. I then became a qualified A1 assessor and attended City University to gain a BSL Production Skills Assessor for children aged 4 to 11.
For the past 11 years, I have been teaching at Blanche Neville School. My role involves teaching and assessing Deaf children, parents, specialist and mainstream staff. I now work at City Lit.
I become a member of ABSLTA for 7 years before being elected onto the committee for two years. In April 2014, I was re-elected to become the new Chairperson. As a volunteer for ABSLTA, I am delighted to share my wealth of skills and experiences. I especially enjoy the challenges of working as part of the team and leading ABSLTA through the complex digital era to bring a fresh modern image and reach out to as many potential members based around the UK.
Thank you for your support.
Hello, my name’s Richard Carter. This is my name sign. I am from Devon and based there for work. I work with ABSLTA. Someone asked me to come and work with ABSLTA. The reason why I joined ABSLTA is that I am one of the younger teachers and I have seen the number of older qualified professionals diminish.
I became concerned that ABSLTA itself was also reducing in number due to teachers leaving as they were old and retiring, it was alarming. I decided to get involved and support ABSLTA. I have 25 years’ valuable teaching experience. I attended DUBSLTA at Durham University to train as a teacher. My role model is (her name sign) Frances Elton. I appreciatively valued learning from her and that's why I became a teacher for the last 25 years.
I decided not to give up and continue, deciding to join ABSLTA. I wanted to encourage young people to become teachers and support their development.
I think that is important for my role and also my role as social media officer. I post videos on Facebook, broadcast information under ABSLTA which is really valuable. Thank you and goodbye.
Gillian has a wealth of skills and experience as Treasurer for a number of different organisations over the years. This has equipped me to keep a close eye on the ABSLTA finances. I run my own business and am, therefore, familiar with accounting practices.
I have worked as a BSL teacher in Adult Education for more than twenty years. I am currently working in a school as a Deaf Instructor. In addition, I run a Deaf Identity group for deaf pupils at the school and teach hearing parents how to communicate in BSL effectively with their own children.
I also work with Deaf adults with special needs, helping them to develop essential life skills to enable them to live as independently as possible in the community. I act as a deaf relay interpreter and advocate for these clients, whenever it is needed.
I have been teaching since 1997. I have taught in different places like:
I have had training via CIty & Guilds 730 Level Part 1 & 2. Later I went on to qualify for Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training).
My BSL qualification is Level 3. I am currently teaching Level 1 and 2 with the IBSL curriculum, an awarding body.
I have been to ABSLTA's 25th Anniversary celebration. Since then I have had loads of ideas for ABSLTA. Later in 2018 I was nominated as a committee member at the Cardiff AGM. I was accepted and elected. My role was to be the researcher. I love BSL linguistics and also continuing professional development which is very important to me. I enjoy working as a team, it is important to support each other.My vision for ABSLTA is that I want it to become stronger and bigger.
I have another job as a Specialist Study Skills Tutor at the University of South Wales. I have been supporting some deaf students with their PGCE studies.
My name is Judith Kidd. I am a qualified teacher. I studied "Issues in Deafness" at Open University. I have City & Guilds 7307 part 1 & 2, 7407 Stage 1 & 2 I have a certificate of Linguistics from City University, London. QTLS Status and I am also an assessor for Signature. I have been a team leader of a deaf studies department.
I now teach BSL Levels 1 and 2 as well as Deaf Awareness & Communication tactics as a freelance teacher. I work in schools, colleges, Adult Education and the private sector. I particularly enjoy teaching families of deaf babies & children.
I have been a member of ABSLTA for many years. My role on the executive committee is as Events and Booking Officer.
My name is Jane Foulston and based at Staffordshire but originally from Lincolnshire and I have always said I came from North. I have been teaching for almost 30 years as BSL teacher, Assessor, Internal Verifier, External Verifier for different organisations.
When I started to interest to became BSL teacher and it was influence by friend. I have decided to take training and take qualification such as City & Guild 7307 and from that time I got gradually to passion to teach BSL and achieved PGCE qualification at University of Huddersfield and BSL Linguistic.
I have a computer degree at Sheffield Hallam University and passion on technology and been to develop a website for another organisation in the past. I become a member of ABSLTA many years ago and decided to return to be member again to support ABSLTA.
Now I am website and IT Coordinator for ABSLTA and always want to improve and developing their website and always support BSL. I am currently work at Deaf School at Birmingham.
Hello, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Steven Leece. I have lived all of my life in the Midlands in the UK, living in different parts of the county of staffordshire.
I began training as a BSL tutor in 1999, shadowing an experienced tutor in their Stage One and two classes, and also gaining experience in Stage One teaching with Breakthrough (Deaf and Hearing integration) Birmingham alongside studying with STTC (The City Lit) where I gained my City and Guild 7307 qualification.
I now have over 20 years experience working as a BSL tutor and during that time I have noticed many changes. When I started teaching most of the work was offered through college or community centres on a contractual basis. There were also often several other BSL tutors by the college. This mean we were often able to share resources, discuss lessons and teaching strategies, as well as gain feedback on our teaching via observations.This was a valuable resource to aid best practice and ensure high quality teaching.
Over the years many educational providers have stopped offering BSL as one of their courses, leading to many deaf tutors becoming self-employed and working on a freelance basis. The impact of this has meant fewer opportunities to meet with other tutors and share ideas, fewer resources available (particularly with the closure of Forrest Bookshop) and also as many of the BSL resources only available on outdated formats such as VHS.
My aim within ABSLTA is to grow an online space where tutors can meet with one another via zoom, where we can share ideas, discuss dilemma and support one another.
I also would like to see ABSLTA develop and expand an online resources library of teaching materials, that will be accessible to all ABSLTA tutors for them to use to for their courses.
I have joined ABSLTA as secretary. I am a newly qualified BSL teacher.
I have studied STTC and City and Guilds at City Lit Oct 2019 until last year. It was a good challenge to learn to become a BSL teacher as I am strongly passionate about BSL.
For the past 8 year I have worked at a mainstream school where I am only deaf member of staff. I also do one to one tuition with clients who are learning BSL and I run a fortunately BSL club - for people at various levels although this group is currently on hold due to guidelines.