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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 2 September 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 2 September 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

Deadline extended until Friday 2nd September

15th Jul 2016, 9:12am

The deadline to nominate yourself or somebody else for a Signature Annual Award has been extended to Friday 2nd September 2016.

Signature executive director Lindsay Foster said: “We know that there are many inspirational educators up and down the UK who are enhancing the futures for so many people. We appreciate that this time of year is incredibly busy for our centres, teachers and students and we want to avoid increasing  pressure or workloads during exam periods, nor do we want any of these talents to miss out on receiving some worthwhile recognition.

“Thank you to everybody who has taken the time to nominate someone already and share their story with us. We received some astonishing testimonials so far which have made for some very strong contenders. Keep those nominations coming in!”

Nominations will close at 4pm on Friday 2nd September. Keep an eye on our official website and Twitter page in the coming weeks to read about the unsung heroes we are looking for, maybe you know someone who fits the bill.

All nominations received to date will be counted. Shortlisted nominations will be announced shortly after the deadline. If you have any questions about the Signature Annual Awards, including the entry process, call Stephanie Ayre on 0191 383 1155 or email Stephanie.ayre@signature.org.uk

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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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