What's new?

Look here regularly to see what is going on in the world of Bilingual Deaf Education.
Notes from our SiBi consortium meetings will be put here.  If you find some nuggets of good practice or pieces of Action Research to share please send it me to share on these pages.

Latest Information 2010 

SIBi Steering meeting October 20th launched 
The SiBi Year of Reading and it is now off to a flying start.
Many pieces of Action Research are beginning at all the SiBi provisions around the country.
See Jan 2011 BATOD journal for an overview.
keep your eyes here for a copy of the article by Dr Ruth Swanwick.
Anyone interested in joining us and starting their own piece of Action Research...just let Ruth know

Deaf Studies website launched at the new temporary site for Frank Barnes School in Camden!

 Queries to Catherine Drew, Deaf Instructor at


Phonics with deaf children is now possible...and you can learn it in 10 minutes! 

Visual Phonics by Hand is now published!
Go to
to browse.   A download of the training films is available for £89-99. A printable PDF is available now for anyone to order a CD version and pay by cheque.  Some LAs have problems with accessing downloads and paying by paypal.
This phonics method is getting some great feedback from users...look out for reviews in BATOD and SEN magazines. It is valuable as a resource for including deaf children into their class phonics or for individual or small group work in any setting.

This is a real credit to Dr Ruth Swanwick, member of the consortium and Senior lecturer at Leeds University, to collate all these exciting pieces of research into one prestigious journal dedicated entirely to Bilingual Deaf Issues.

Here are the details for the Special Edition of the journal we talked about at the Consortium meeting at Leeds Uni on May 7th 2010 and the comments from the editor in Chief at Multilingual Matters that you might like to read especially the red sections.

Dear Ruth
I've just received my copy of IJBEB that is your Special Issue. It
really is excellent. Thank you so much for all your efforts in producing
this edited edition. As you say in your Editorial, it is an
unprecedented Special Issue, and by itself it enhances and promotes
bilingual education for deaf children.
I have not forgotten that, sometimes, it was an uphill struggle.
However, the final version really is absolutely first class. I'm
delighted not only for you but also for the reputation of the Journal as
it is a substantial contribution to studies of deaf people, and to
bilingualism. Not least it is British-based but contributes to the
world. You take the credit for this.
Very well done indeed.
Best wishes

Professor C R Baker, Pro Vice-Chancellor
Yr Athro C R Baker, Dirprwy Is-Ganghellor
Bangor University / Prifysgol Bangor
College Road, Bangor, WALES
United Kingdom

International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism:http://ww.tandf.co.uk/journals/1367-0050

Book Publishers: whttp://www.multilingual-matters.com

Dr Ruth Swanwick
Senior Lecturer in Deaf Education, School of Education
University of Leeds, LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 4582

A new translation...A First!  A BSL book!

On October 30th in Sheffield at Off The Shelf festival, we are launching the very first BSL translated book on Romeo and Juliet.

For details of the launch, click


To see a preview of the BSL book, please click the following:


and click the Preview button.

This book is a vital supplement to every school's library for Deaf children in respect to the National Curriculum. The book has a CD at the back where BSL clips will be shown. For more details on what the book should look like, please visit


We are offering a special pre-publication price for the Romeo and Juliet book - £10 instead of the full price £14 if ordered by Friday 22nd October 2010. Please find attached an order form.

We hope to get your valued order.

Steve Gibson.

Deaf children and Research: a model of good practice and participation

The Bercow Review into Provision for children with Special Needs in Speech, Language and Communication needs

Summary of Bercow Review

The new Deaf Studies Curriculum has been published!


Research & Development

'We aim to use our knowledge & expertise to make their future the best it can be. Our vision is of a world where all young deaf people have the same opportunities, rights & worth as any other child.'