British Sign Language (BSL)

  • Dani Sive (Headteacher Frank Barnes School)
  • Catherine Drew (Key Stage 1/2 Team Leader Frank Barnes School)

BATOD Foundation

Abstract / Introduction

This MESHGuide has been created to inform a range of professionals and the general public about British Sign Language.  It considers the history of signed communication as the language tool for deaf people and its use in education.  It is hoped that parents of newly diagnosed deaf childern will be informed about the use of BSL and the educational implications and outcomes, to enable them to make choices about their approach to language development and communication for their child.

This guide is one in a series of Deaf Education MESHGuides.

Strength of Evidence

We have provided evidence for the information in this MESHGuide with full references, including research published in peer reviewed journals.

Transferability across countries and settings

The information in this MESHGuide is intended to be used to provide awareness and develop understanding of BSL and its role in deaf education and as a language in its own right.

Date of publication
22 Mar 2021
Date of revision
21 Mar 2022
Online community link

There are various online forums for Auditory Verbal therapists on platforms such as Facebook. The governing body of Auditory Verbal therapists is AG Bell.

There are various online forums for Teachers of the Deaf and parents of deaf children, in the UK and other parts of the world.  BATOD manages an email forum

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