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The Signature Annual Awards are now in their eighth successful year and are firmly established as a well respected annual event to celebrate those who are breaking down the barriers for deaf and deafblind people.

This year’s awards focus on the influential educational establishments, teams and individuals that are brightening the futures for so many. We would like to highlight and reward those who enrich education for deaf people and spread understanding through teaching deaf communication and awareness.

Nominations are now open in eight new categories:

  • Leadership in Education Award
  • Emerging Teacher Award
  • Enriching the Student Experience Award
  • The Community Champion Award
  • Educational Support Award
  • Transforming Lives through Education Award
  • Training Initiative Award
  • Signature Lifetime Achievement Award

To honour this year's shortlisted nominees and announce the Winners, we will host Signature Recognises... the educators, at a prestigious awards evening in January 2017.

Awards

You can now browse through the eight new award categories and submit your nomination for this year's Signature Recognises... the educators.

The awards are open to all educational establishments, teams, individuals and organisations working in the UK.

Please be aware you are only able to submit a maximum of two nominations in total, so before making a nomination it is important that you select the correct categories and are able to answer the nomination questions with as much detail as possible as this is what the nomination is assessed by.

Deadline for all nominations is 4.00pm on 15 July 2016. Shortlists will be announced in September 2016. And a prestigious awards ceremony will be held to celebrate all shortlisted Nominees and announce the winners in January 2017.

The Award Categories

Leadership in Education Award

This award is to acknowledge the forward thinking individuals that strive to make a positive difference to the learning experience of all students in their establishment. Nominations are open to headteachers, curriculum leaders, teachers, decision makes and owners/CEO’s. The individual must have at least 5 years experience in the sector.

Enriching the Student Experience Award

This award recognises individuals/ teams that have shown outstanding dedication to enhancing the student experience. Nominations are open to those who demonstrate how they embed enrichment in the learning experience and have evidence of its impact on students.

The Community Champion Award

This award is to recognise the impact the nominee has within and beyond the classroom/seminar/lecture theatre. Nominations are open to those who show their commitment to improving the lives of deaf/deafblind people in the community as well as working hard to create exciting learning opportunities for all.

Educational Support Award

This award is for outstanding support from communication professionals including interpreters, notetakers, lipspeakers, translators, speech to text reports, communication support workers, teaching assistants and others who support in the classroom. Nominations are open to individuals/teams that have engaged with students to assist them in aspiring to achieve their academic and/or personal development objectives.

Transforming Lives through Education Award

This award recognises educational establishments that are making a real difference to student’s lives creating an inclusive environment for deaf learner and increasing the communication and understanding of their hearing peers. Nominations are open to educational establishment that are in the UK and are able to evidence their excellence in access for deaf people.

This category has three awards:

Small 1 – 50 students
Medium 51 – 100 students
Large 101 plus students

Emerging Teacher Award

This award recognises teachers in their first three years of their career as a British Sign Language teacher or teacher of the deaf. Nominations are open to teachers bringing learning to life by engaging and inspiring all students to reach their full potential.

Training Initiative Award

This award is for an organisation that is dedicated to improving customer service for deaf and/ or deafblind people. Nominees must show schemes and initiatives for staff that focus on deaf awareness and communication. Nominations are open to organisations across all sectors, for example Councils, Police Forces, Retailers and Charities.

Signature Life Time Achievement Award

This award recognises an individual that has show a commitment to the education of deaf and/or deafblind people over the whole of a career. Their participation has made education for others life changing.

Make a nomination

Nominations are now open across all eight categories.

You can now browse through the eight new award categories and submit your nomination for this year's Signature Recognises... the educators.

Please be aware you are only able to submit a maximum of two nominations in total, so before making a nomination it is important that you select the correct categories and are able to answer the nomination questions with as much detail as possible as this is what the nomination is assessed by.

Deadline for all nominations is 4.00pm on 15 July 2016. Shortlists will be announced in September 2016. And a prestigious awards ceremony will be held to celebrate all shortlisted Nominees and announce the winners in January 2017.

Our photographer for the evening will be:

Start your nominations now »

2015 Winners

Last year we celebrated Signature Recognises... the Community.

There were 28 amazing nominees and 7 award recipients at the prestigious event in October 2015.

The 2015 Award recipients were:

News

National charity launches its eighth annual awards

3rd Mar 2016, 10:30am

Nominations are open for the Signature Annual Awards. The Awards are firmly established as respected annual event to celebrate those who are breaking down the barriers for deaf and deafblind people. 

Hosted by charity and awarding body Signature, the eighth successful annual awards event, focuses on recognising and celebrating pioneers and unsung heroes, who through education and training are striving to break down the social and communication barriers between the wider UK population and its 11 million deaf and hard of hearing population.

Each year the Signature Annual Awards recognise a wealth of people and organisations working with deaf people across the nation. This year Signature will host ‘Signature Recognises... the educators’, award categories include; Leadership in Education Award, Emerging Teacher Award, Enriching the Student Experience Award, The Community Champion Award, Educational Support Award, Transforming Lives through Education Award, Training Initiative Award and Signature Lifetime Achievement Award , highlighting those who are embracing diversity and equal opportunities striving to improve access for deaf and deafblind people across services.      

A nationwide search is currently underway to find nominees who provide opportunities for deaf/ deafblind communication, deaf awareness and sign language learning for both hearing and deaf individuals. Signature Chief Operating Officer Lindsay Foster said: "We are overwhelmed every year by the amazing stories that are uncovered through our awards and it gives us great pleasure in being able to celebrate the successes of great work that is being done to help improve the lives of deaf people across the UK.
 
“We would like to ask as many people and organisations as possible to nominate so we can recognise organisations and individuals commitment to making an impact through education and training to deaf and deafblind peoples lives .”

The awards are free to nominate and all nominations will close on Wednesday 15 July 2016. To find out more information about the awards and to start your nomination visit www.signatureannualawards.org.uk 

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National Deaf Charity Rewards Community Champions

30th Oct 2015, 9:24am

NATIONAL deaf charity Signature has announced the winners of its annual awards which recognise and celebrate the achievements of volunteers, businesses and individuals whose efforts help deaf people to be part of their local community.

Winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony held at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry and hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty.

The categories and winners were:

  • Inspirational Young Person - Zanna Messenger-Jones, Cumbria

Zanna is a member of the NDCS Young People's Advisory Board and has campaigned tirelessly against changes to the Disabled Students Allowance.

  • Outstanding Service - Paul Pemberton, Essex

Firefighter Paul learnt sign language and created subtitled fire safety videos is BSL to make the fire service and fire safety more accessible for deaf people.

  • Deaf Entrepreneur - Vanessa Addison, Bournemouth

Successfully established and manages a property company which builds affordable, environmentally-friendly homes with a £3 million annual turnover.

  • Community Spirit - Harry Wooldridge, Norwich

Formed and manages The Bluebird Deaf Water Ski Club in 1965.

  • Community Impact - Leicestershire Police and the Police Link Officers for Deaf people (PLOD)

PLOD members, which include police officers and staff from across Leicestershire,  have received training in deaf awareness and British Sign Language (BSL) and work with the deaf and hard of hearing people in the community to determine the best way they can offer help, support and guidance and make the police service more accessible for deaf people.

  • Outstanding contribution - Jenny Sealey MBE, London

Artistic director and chief executive of the UK's foremost disabled-led theatre company, the Graeae Theatre since 1997, and credited with taking it from a small independent theatre company to an award-winning theatre company of world-renown. Jenny also co-directed the Paralympic opening ceremony in 2012.

  • Community project/group - Life & Deaf, London

Life & Deaf is a project that aims to help young deaf people explore their identities and develop communication skills and emotional literacy through poetry and the arts.

Signature's chief operating officer Lindsay Foster said: “On behalf of everyone at Signature, I would like to congratulate all of those shortlisted and the winners of this year’s awards.  They clearly demonstrate the excellence and the commitment to improving deaf communications that the awards aim to recognise.

"The awards are now in their seventh year and still we are amazed by the numbers and calibre of entries we receive. Every individual and organisation on the shortlist should be very, very proud of their achievements and the brilliant work they do. They are all an absolute inspiration.

"The winners in each category have done amazingly well and really deserved to win. We hope that they continue with their excellent work and enjoy lots more future success."

For further information visit www.signatureannualawards.org.uk

 

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