University of Edinburgh

 SSC Bulletin 20: November 2013

Sharing information with everyone who is involved in the education of deaf children, deafblind children and visually impaired children and young people, the young people themselves and their families.

 SSC Courses - Coming up ...

Thursday, 12 December, 2013

Science for Deaf Children

Some scientific concepts are particularly hard for all children to understand. Dr Audrey Cameron and Gary Quinn, key members of the SSC BSL Glossary Project, will present material on the practicalities of teaching science as part of the curriculum for excellence. The course will discuss:

  • how to offer effective support to a deaf student allowing them to access practical science activities within a mainstream setting;
  • making use of ICT to support a deaf learner;
  • National Assessment arrangements.

Participants will also be introduced to SSC's BSL Science Glossary project, its signs, definitions and development. Practical activities will include scientific experiments demonstrated and explained by Audrey and Gary.

Target Audience: Mainstream teachers, teachers of the deaf, communication support workers, parents and all those supporting deaf children in secondary schools.

Presenters: Dr Audrey Cameron, Deaf chemist and secondary teacher and Gary Quinn, Deaf linguist and lecturer based at Heriot-Watt University.


 SSC News

Staff Changes

Over the summer the SSC staffing profile was restructured. As a result we are, sadly, saying goodbye to 2 members of staff: Elizabeth Izatt and Linda Hope. In addition Margaret Miller has had to stand down from her role as CPD co-ordinator for Deaf Education.

Vacancies - CPD Co-ordinators (Deaf Education & Visual Impairment Education)

We invite applications from qualified specialist teachers with relevant classroom experience of deaf children and of visually impaired children for the seconded post of CPD organisers. These part-time, one day a week secondments during school term time will contribute to the work of the SSC. The main role of the CPD organiser is to help organise Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training in Scotland and to strengthen links between the SSC and practitioners. The posts are available until 31st March 2014 in the first instance.

Contact SSC for more details:

Christmas Card Competition

We would like to invite entries for this year's Christmas Card competition from all pupils in Scotland who are deaf or who have a visual impairment. There are three categories: 3-7 years; 8-11 years; 12-18 years.

Entries should be submitted electronically. Please clearly mark each entry with:

  • Name of Pupil
  • Age of Pupil
  • Teacher's name, School and address.

NB: one design per pupil.

A poster for your noticeboard can be printed off from our website.

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, 28th November 2013. Contact the SSC for further details:


 "In Other News ..."

Impact of New Technologies on the Literacy Skills of Deaf Primary School Children

Ten years ago, Professor Margaret Harris and Dr Fiona Kyle carried out an assessment of reading and spelling ability among deaf primary school pupils in England. Now, she has been given funding by the Economic and Social Research Council to carry out similar assessment to find out whether the advent of newborn hearing screening and advancements in aiding have improved literacy for deaf children. They are looking for deaf children aged 6 with a severe to profound hearing loss and no additional needs. The study will be longitudinal and they will individually see children in their schools at 3 points during the next two years. It will assess reading, spelling, phonological awareness, speech reading and general abilities. Individual letters will be sent to parents asking permission for their child's participation. If you are a teacher with deaf children in your school who meet the above criteria and you would like more information and/or your children to take part in the study please contact Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi.


 Library News

The new staffing structure means that Sheila will normally not be in the library on Wednesdays. It is now even more important that you contact us if you would like to visit to make sure staff are available to help.

New items are available to browse on the website:

  • All of these items and many more are available from the SSC Library contact Sheila Mackenzie (0131 651 6069 or