University of Edinburgh

Educational Communication Worker in Deaf Education

Date: Wednesday 26 September 2012
Venue: SSC Edinburgh
Time: 10 am-4pm
Cost: £95
Closing date: 5 September 2012


Is there a role for an Educational Communication Worker? This course will raise challenging issues for deaf education in Scotland. The number of children who use British Sign Language (BSL) is rapidly shrinking as early implantation becomes the norm for most profoundly deaf children. Nevertheless, a proportion of deaf children and their families want BSL or Sign Supported English (SSE) to be used fluently throughout the education system.

Rachel O'Neill and Leigh Anderson will discuss the training routes for support staff who wish to work as an Educational Communication Worker. The day will include discussion of video clips of classrooms showing support staff at work so that we can see the skills needed to interpret into BSL for one or more deaf learners, and to interpret from BSL to spoken English for the teacher and hearing pupils. We will focus on two educational settings: St Margaret’s Primary School in Fife and Craigie High School in Dundee to explore these issues.

Target Audience: Heads of Services, teachers of deaf children, mainstream teachers, support staff, etc.

Presenter: Rachel O'Neill, Lecturer in Deaf Education, SSC/University of Edinburgh and
Leigh Anderson, Sensory Support Service, Dundee