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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.

Our eight new Award categories are:

  • 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.


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

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

The deadline for nominations has now passed. 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.

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.

The Shortlists

Educational Support Award

Winner: Annalee Green, Hempland Primary School

Damian Ball, National Deaf Children’s Society

Support Services Team, Student Enabling Centre, University of Wolverhampton

Victoria Ackroyd, York St John University

Enriching the Student Experience Award

Winner: Ayesha Gavin, Ayesha Communications

Kathleen Grehan, Dot Sign Language

Katie Keil, Coventry Adult Education Service

Linda Thomson, Deaf Perspective Glasgow

Leadership in Education Award

Winner: Celia O’Hagan

Emma Caswell

Gaye Hampton

Jacqueline Bielby

Training Initiative Award

Winner: John Lewis York

See Hear Highland Education & Learning Services, NHS Highland

Together Housing Group


Community Champion Award

Bharti Raza

Bridging the Gap project team, NDCS:NI

Winner: Pascale Maroney

Susan Helen Fisher

Emerging Teacher Award

Jeanette Campbell-Turner, BSL Aware

Paula Parker, Don’t Shout Out

Richard Platt, Remark!

Winner: Zayne Thomson, Heathlands School

Transforming Lives Through Education Award

Falkirk High School, eight cluster primary schools and Windsor Park School for the Deaf

Winner: Rawdon Littlemoor Primary School

Royal Cross Primary School for the Deaf

Seashell Trust

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Sara Scanlon


Our Signature Awards Shortlist announced

8th Dec 2016, 2:52pm

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominees for the Signature Annual Awards taking place in January 2017.

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.

This year our Awards ceremony will have 8 categories including Leadership in Education and Transforming lives with Education awards.  We’ll also be presenting our life time achievement awards to a very special and well deserving winner.

See who made the shortlist here: Click Here

The Signature Annual Awards will be held on Friday 27th January 2017 and Prospero House, London. Book your tickets for the event now.

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Just over a month to go until the Signature Annual Awards

8th Dec 2016, 2:54pm

Excitement is building as the Signature Annual Awards gets closer. On the 27th January, Signature will be hosting their annual awards ceremony at Prospero House in London. The Awards will showcase ‘The Educators’ who are influential in brightening the future for so many. 

The Awards will also highlight and reward those who enrich education for deaf people and spread understanding through teaching deaf communication and awareness.

With 7 categories, and 28 nominees the tension is building to see who will take home the awards. All the nominees have ‘brightened up the futures for so many’ and deserve recognition for the outstanding work they continue to do. We’ll also be presenting the illustrious ‘Lifetime achievement award’ to one lucky person.

We are looking forward to a fantastic night with all the nominees, and celebrating their magnificent achievements.

See the who has made the Shortlist here: Click Here

Limited tickets are still available - Buy Tickets Now

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