We receive many questions about all aspects of BATOD and the education of deaf children. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions with responses.
We have discussed this issue with trade unions and professional bodies and, for example, the NUT, has clearly stated that it is their view that if a teacher is carrying out any of the duties of a teacher for any part of the week – as opposed to offering advice without directly teaching children – then it is not lawful to force the change. The fact that this teaching may not be full-time is not relevant.
Colleagues can of course agree to such a change but need to be aware that there are considerable implications for retirement age, pension, hours of work, holiday entitlement and other aspects of pay and conditions which they should explore. As in all such cases we encourage members to belong to and consult a national trade union or professional body for teachers.
It should be noted too that BATOD usually makes an annual contribution to the national Review of Teachers’ Pay and Conditions and the Association’s contributions are often quoted and taken into account.
Apart from representing the profession in a range of contexts and responding to enquiries from Teachers of the Deaf, parents and members of the public, the association produces materials, resources and publications in furtherance of our principal aims.
BATOD puts on conferences and courses both regionally and nationally and often publishes lectures and workshop content in our Magazine and on the website. Teachers of the Deaf meet each other through BATOD’s regional and special interest groups.
The BATOD website is increasingly becoming the first stop for many people within the profession and beyond – the Situations Vacant section and the members' noticeboard are frequently visited and keep the profession up to date with what BATOD is doing and what is happening in the wider world of the education of deaf children.
The Association is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and membership fees fund the great majority of the work of BATOD so that the more ToDs belong to BATOD the more work can be done on their behalf. Supporting BATOD means supporting yourself as well as your colleagues.
When BATOD speaks, it speaks with the voice of the Teachers of the Deaf throughout the UK - over two thirds of them are members (membership is for individuals only – we do not have institutional members). It is essential that we represent the whole profession and to be able to do so it is vital that individual Teachers of the Deaf join and participate.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the National Executive Officer, Paul Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org
More and more students, teachers and other professionals approach BATOD asking for help with a variety of academic and other assignments.
Here are some suggestions as to where you might find the answers to many of these enquiries:
The BATOD website itself is a mine of information. Use the search engine which can be found on the home (and every other) page
On the website you can browse through the indices of recent BATOD Association Magazines. This is to be found at Articles/Publications/BATOD Association Magazine/Association Magazine content. The indices for all Magazines are available there - each entry has a short abstract and the name of the author. Members who are registered on the website can have access to past editions of the magazine through the website.
Birmingham University Education library (the BATOD archive is housed within the University) has a collection of all our Magazines and Journals - The Action on Hearing Loss library also has a similar collection.
You can also contact the Action on Hearing Loss library which has extremely helpful staff and has built up a marvellous collection of books and other publications related to our field over many years. The website address is: http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/about-us/action-on-hearing-loss-library-ucl.aspx
The NDCS has produced some useful publications which may support your work. Its 'Supporting the achievement of deaf children' resources aim to support education professionals working in early year settings, primary schools, secondary schools and further education. The resources set out simple tips to ensure effective inclusion so that deaf children or children identified as having a 'hearing impairment' can achieve their potential. You can access these resources here.
There are many books about deaf education and related issues but several in particular have been useful to colleagues in recent years. They are:
Please let us know about any other publications which have proved especially useful.
The key point which you need to remember is that in order to train as a Teacher of the Deaf you must have Qualified Teacher Status. We do not offer specific advice on this as there are often many personal circumstances to be taken into account. Therefore you need to visit the DfE's Get Into Teaching website to find out more.
BATOD used to have an information pack which was sent to enquirers. However, this was not an efficient way of working because the information changes frequently and also a lot of information would be sent out which was not relevant to the enquirer.
Consequently, we no longer have an information pack but we direct people to our website where there is a wealth of information which can be downloaded at will.
There is an application form which contains a summary of the work of BATOD which can be downloaded and is to be found here.
The BATOD membership subscription can be claimed against income tax. Information about subscription rates in previous years can be found here. BATOD feels very strongly that employers should fund this training especially where this is mandatory but recognises that this is not always the case. Several organisations offer independent financial assistance to students who are self-financing. The Guide to Educational Grants 2015/16 by Gabriele Zagnojute & Denise Lillya in association with the National Union of Studnets published by the Directory of Social Change, is available in most public libraries and could be useful. More information is available on the DSC website.
What were BATOD's subscription rates over recent years?
Can BATOD offer financial support for training?We are sometimes asked to provide financial support to teachers who have experienced difficulties finding the funding they need to undertake their training as a Teacher of the Deaf or for other purposes.
The BATOD membership subscription can be claimed against income tax. Information about subscription rates in previous years can be found here.
BATOD feels very strongly that employers should fund this training especially where this is mandatory but recognises that this is not always the case.
Several organisations offer independent financial assistance to students who are self-financing. The Guide to Educational Grants 2015/16 by Gabriele Zagnojute & Denise Lillya in association with the National Union of Studnets published by the Directory of Social Change, is available in most public libraries and could be useful. More information is available on the DSC website.
You can browse the contents of these magazines by consulting the Association Magazine section on this website.
Birmingham University Education Library, The Action on Hearing Loss Library and also the National Library hold copies of all our publications. The National Library keeps such publications on microfiche so it is possible you could get a whole copy.
For issues of the Journal, details are on the Journal page of this website which are accessible through the home page.
You can browse the contents of all the BATOD Association magazines since 1999 by consulting the indices.
If you need even more information go to the FAQ about writing a dissertation.
You can find out the answer to this and many other questions about deaf children including where they are educated and through which communication and language approach by consulting the section of this website devoted to the CRIDE survey.
You can find out the answer to this and other questions about access to signing classes by consulting the section of this website entitled access to signing classes.
Paul Simpson, BATOD National Executive Officer