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BSL Recognition: Tender Specification from the Department of Children, Schools & Families

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Last week we blogged about a forthcoming tender from the Department for Children, Schools and Families in respect of a project to improve access to and demand for BSL.

The tender has now been released and we've taken liberty to upload it here [Word], so that anyone can access. The specification is described as:

COMPETITIVE GRANT SPECIFICATION FOR A PROJECT TO IMPROVE BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE PROVISION AND STATUS FOR FAMILIES OF DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE.

More information is given on the aims and objectives of the project:

Aim
The overall project aim is to improve British Sign Language provision and status for families of deaf and hearing impaired children and young people

Objectives
In order to achieve the aim, the project should deliver the following objectives:
• increase awareness of British Sign Language and choice for families with deaf and hearing impaired children to learn and communicate using BSL;
• increase demand from the children’s workforce to improve BSL skills, including to higher levels, to meet the needs of BSL users and ultimately improve Every Child Matters outcomes;
• increase the availability of BSL tutors, courses and interpreters, including to higher levels;
• demonstrate how existing centres of excellence in BSL, such as deaf special schools, specialist units in mainstream schools or BSL course providers, can play a key role in achieving the project’s aims; and
• demonstrate how progress can be sustainable beyond the project’s life within the current and planned early years, schools and post-16 funding arrangements and disability legislation requirements on service providers.

This project could be delivered in one or more areas or regions to test a particular approach and should be expected to last for a two year period. Given the breadth of the project, proposals from consortia would be particularly welcome, reflecting the breadth of experiences in this area.

This funding is for two years, with a possibility of the project being extended for a further year.

There is a meeting for potential bidders day from 10.00-12.00 on 23 May, details of how to register your interest is included in the Word document.

The closing date for tender applications is 12 noon on the 4 July 2008.

Ask the Readers:
What kind of projects would you like to be considered? Should they be deaf led? Do you think this means BSL recognition? Throw us your thoughts in the comments.

Source:
BSL Specification [Word]

See also:
BSL Recognition: Tender to Improve Access & Demand for BSL

Comments (1)

Deaf Special School? Are we special now? :-)

While I am just waiting for MM to write up his anti-BSL rantablog about this :-) I will have a go....

1. Career Advice & Preparation
2. How to use interpreter well out there in real world.
3. Anything to do with life skills.

Early bed for me. Job interview tomorrow ;-)

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