BATOD Midland covers a huge area, including: Birmingham Central, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Solihull, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Nottingham and Nottingham City, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Leicester City, Coventry, Telford&Wrekin/Shropshire, Herefordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucester. Members in parts of North Wales also receive mail from the Midland area. The area supports and teaches hearing-impaired children in mainstream schools, resource bases and schools for deaf children, providing peripatetic and advisory services. Each area liaises with other professional bodies providing multi-agency support. Additional support is provided by other teams supporting deaf children, for example, the Cochlear Implant teams in Nottingham and Birmingham, the Ear Foundation and Ewing Foundation, NDCS and Dudley Deaf CAMHS.
Committee Membership The Midland region committee is made up of Chair (position currently vacant), Secretary (Jo Smith/Jo Keyte) and Treasurer (Pauline Wells), plus additional members, who meet four to five times a year at Angie Wootten’s house in Solihull. All BATOD members are very welcome to join us. Angie lays on burgers/sausages and we all bring some food to share.
Midland membership The region currently has 219 members. We keep in touch with Midland members via email so please do notify the BATOD Midland Rep (Alison Campbell) of any change in your circumstance, workplace, address or email contact details.
Representation on National Executive Council (NEC) The NEC meets four times a year and we have a Midland representative who regularly attends these meetings. The NEC calls upon members to contribute to various Government papers and is involved in high level representation in many different areas on behalf of Teachers of the Deaf.
Conferences and Twilight meetings in the Midland region We started holding a half day annual conference on a weekday to accommodate members’ busy schedules and reduce costs and this arrangement has proved successful. Recent conferences have provided speakers and workshops on Access Arrangements for GCSE and A Level and Dynamic Assessment (2016); linking listening to Language (2015); Pathfinders and the Single Plan and raising achievement in secondary schools (2014); the use of Ipads with students and supporting the emotional intelligence and mental health of hearing-impaired children and young people (2013); Dudley Deaf CAMHS and supporting numeracy using Numicon (2012); and factors leading to success for young deaf people (2011).
We have tried to offer support and professional development across the whole region, by hosting the meetings in different locations. In June 2013 Oxfordshire kindly hosted a conference and offered two presentations. It was very well attended, encouraging us to maintain the same model. We have since held half-day conferences in Birmingham and Dudley and hope to hold one in the north of the region in 2017.
We usually hold two committee meetings in the autumn term and either two in the spring term or one in the spring term and one in the summer term in addition to our half-day Midland conference. All are welcome to attend.