There are eight regional groups across the UK linked to the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf. BATOD nationally, and each individual Region, have regular conferences and workshops to develop the professional expertise of Association members by enhancing the INSET of Teachers of the Deaf and associated professionals and also provide support for people working with deaf children. Courses and conferences are open to non-members.
BATOD publishes a refereed Journal, 'Deafness and Education International' (March, June September and December) and an Association Magazine in January, March, May, September and November.
BATOD promotes the educational interests of all deaf children, young people and adults and safeguards the interests of Teachers of the Deaf. Additional information about the Association and matters related to the education of deaf children and their teachers is available elsewhere on this website.
BATOD works in many areas to represent Teachers of the Deaf and their colleagues. If you wish to become a member you can sign up from here, an associate membership is available to those who are not qualified Teachers of the Deaf.
In unity there is strength. That strength is greatly enhanced in the eyes of those to whom the Association will need to make professional representation from time to time if the Association has, in its membership, virtually the whole body of qualified Teachers of the Deaf. At all times, particularly in days of severe stringency in public expenditure, we need a strong voice with central and local governments if we are to safeguard the special educational needs of deaf children, young persons and adults, and with the teacher unions if we are to protect our special professional interests. Becoming a member of BATOD also helps to overcome professional isolation and to keep in touch with new developments and with colleagues nationwide.