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BSL SignAbility currently consists of two tutors who are experienced, qualified Deaf tutors and assessors. We have worked in and around West Yorkshire and have been teaching here for over 20 years.

We are Debra and Michael Freeman and we started BSL SignAbility to teach those wanting to learn Sign Language in our area. Fully approved by the Signature awarding body, we teach the Signature Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Certificated courses in British Sign Language.

Signature is a recognised awarding body offering nationally accredited qualifications that cover a whole range of language and communication methods.

We both have outstanding teaching skills and carry a number of teaching qualifications such as BSL Levels 1 and 2; BSL NVQ Levels 3 and 4 and the A1 Assessor qualification for BSL NVQ Levels 3 and 4.

We enjoy the challenge of teaching and love helping people to learn and develop their new skills in British Sign Language, alongside helping those who wish to work with Deaf people to achieve their British Sign Language qualifications.

We have created these courses for learners who wish to achieve Signature Certificates in BSL or for those who need further training and want to work towards the next level, offering tutoring for any assessment re-sits as well as extra one to one tuition.

Debra has been teaching for over 20 years, working for several universities, colleges and adult education centres around West Yorkshire. Her teaching skills and qualifications which she studied for include City and Guilds 7307 Teachers Certificate Level 1 & 2, with her also completing her PCET – Certificate in Education Teacher Training for the Lifelong Learning Sector at Huddersfield University.

Michael has spent over 23 years working for children and young people, local authority services supporting Deaf/Hearing Impaired children in mainstream schools and schools with resource bases, and families with Deaf babies/children throughout the Wakefield and Leeds district. He teaches deaf awareness, BSL Level 1, 2 and 3 to staff, communication support workers, and Deaf and hearing children at mainstream schools.

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