Who we are

We are a unique of highly motivated and outward looking Deaf educationalists- teachers and LA service managers who are professionally committed to facilitating deaf children's access to sign language and English throughout their education. If you would like to know more about what we do, then we have provided information about our educational approach on the FAQ Page.

Membership of the Consortium.
Full membership for a Sign Bilingual Special school or Service is £300
Affiliated membership  is £150 (for isolated teachers/groups who would like to keep in touch with best bilingual practice)

Benefits of membership
All training events and conferences cost usually £80 for non-members.
Members of the Consortium get a free place and only pay £40 for subsequent places.

The Steering group are full members who meet every term in London, Birmingham or Leeds/Wakefield to discuss and lead on training, information, research, etc
The AGM was held on May 7th 2010 at Leeds University where we signed an agreement to become a charity

See the Training page to keep up with the latest events and training days near to you.
We will be organising bigger events as we grow- we hope to run an annual conference with international speakers to keep the consortium members at the front of new developments and thinking.

We have declared 2010-11 as the SiBI 'Year of Reading' Join us and take part in some dynamic workshops...or sign up for the Annual Conference where we will share the latest in teaching and learning reading with children working in BSL and English.
See What's New page for some more information and how you can join in.

 

 

What is a Sign Bilingual Education?

'A sign bilingual education gives deaf children equal access and entitlement to the language, culture and heritage of both the deaf and hearing community. Deaf pupils are potentially members of both the hearing society and the deaf community, and are expected to achieve the same levels of educational attainment, social responsibility, employment and citizenship as their hearing counterparts.'

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Contact Information

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Ann Stokes - LEA Wakefield
Wakefield Service for Deaf and HI Children
The Heath View Centre
Queen Elizabeth Road
Wakefield
WF1 4RJ
annstokes@wakefield.gov.uk
Karen Turner - LEA Leeds
DAHIT
The Blenheim Centre
Crowther Place
Leeds
LS6 2ST
karen.turner@educationleeds.co.uk
Sallie Holmes - LEA Leeds
DAHIT
The Blenheim Centre
Crowther Place
Leeds
LS6 2ST
sallie.holmes@educationleeds.co.uk
Karen Simpson - LEA Camden
Frank Barnes Primary School for Deaf Children
5-6 Harley Road
Swiss Cottage
London
NW3 3BN
head@fbarnes.camden.sch.uk
020 7586 4665
Catherine Drew - LEA Camden
5-6 Harley Road
Swiss Cottage
London
NW3 3BN
deafstudies@fbarnes.camden.sch.uk
020 7586 4665
020 7722 4415
Sylvia Simmonds - LEA Bristol City Council
Elmfield School for Deaf Children
Greystoke Avenue
Westbury on Trym
Bristol
BS10 6AY
elmfieldschool@talk21.com
0117 9030 366
0117 9030 370
Ros Way - LEA Bristol City Council
Elmfield School for Deaf Children
Greystoke Avenue
Westbury on Trym
Bristol
BS10 6AY
erwa@elmfield.bristol.sch.uk
0117 9030 366
0117 9030 370
Alison Carter - LEA Birmingham
Longwill School for Deaf Children
Bell Hill
Northfield
Birmingham
B31 1LD
alisonc@longwill.bham.sch.uk
Babs Day - LEA Birmingham
Longwill School for Deaf Children
Bell Hill
Northfield
Birmingham
B31 1LD
babs.day@longwill.bham.sch.uk
0121 475 3923
0121 476 6362
Agnes Dyab
deaffish22@hotmail.com.
Dr Ruth Swanwick - The University of Leeds
The School of Education
The University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT
R.A.Swanwick@education.leeds.ac.uk
Tel Number 01132 343 4582
Fax Number 01132 343 4541
Peter Plant - Facilitator
Post Box Cottage
20 Benthall Lane
Benthall
Broseley
Shropshire
TF12 5RR
peter.plant18@btinternet.com
Tel Number 01952 883018
Mobile 07901 551964
Sarah McLay - LEA London Borough of Haringey
Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children
Primary Department
Storey Road
North Hill
Highgate
N6 4ED
sarahmclay@blanchenevile.haringey.sch.uk
sarah_mclay@hotmail.com

Tel Number 0208 347 3760
Fax Number 0208 347 3762
Mobile 07974 134 994
Jo Gardiner - Bristol City Council
Elmfield School for Deaf Children
Grey Stoke Avenue
Westbury on Trym
Bristol
BS9 6AY
elmfieldschool@talk21.com
jo.gardiner@talk21.com

Tel Number 0117 9030 366
Fax Number 0117 9030 370
Michael Freeman - LEA Wakefield
Wakefield Service for Deaf and HI Children
The Heath View Centre
Queen Elizabeth Road
Wakefield
WF1 4RJ
mfreeman@wakefield.gov.uk