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British Sign Language and Deaf Studies

As a valued, rich and empowering language, British Sign Language (BSL) is taught as a standalone subject to provide our students with communication skills, knowledge of linguistics, a sense of bilingualism and belonging.

BSL

In BSL classes, students learn the skills they need to progress through their BSL Entry Level to Level 3 Signature and ABC Awards. For those students working at Pre-Entry levels, the Academy provides bespoke courses tailored to meet the individual needs of these students.

As when a hearing student learns a foreign language, BSL is taught by total immersion, and is therefore taught by native BSL users without the addition of English prompts.


Deaf Studies

At the Academy, we believe it is our student’s right to understand their Deaf identity, culture and history. Using information from the National Deaf Studies Curriculum, we have established a unique Deaf Studies curriculum for all of our students. Our curriculum includes; Deaf identity, Deaf history (timelines, place and people) and Deafness in Society (organisations and technology).

By following this curriculum, students are able to reflect on history and information from the past, and to see how this relates to Deaf people and their heritage. This enables students to explore what their language and culture means to them, and how they can make sense of their own Deaf identity.

At the Academy we believe it is important to support students to understand their Deaf identities, be proud of themselves and prepare them for their future.