held at Action on Hearing Loss on Monday, 14th October, 2011 at 3pm
Apologies: Nicki Harris, Simon Thompson
2. Notes of last meeting
Revised notes were agreed as representative
3. Actions and other matters arising
4. Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) umbrella body annual revision of access arrangements Jill Bussien arrived during this item.
Rolling review of special considerations. Most discussion centred on issues linked to e-assessment with anecdotal evidence clearly pointing toward unfavourable treatment for deaf students. Letter to Ofqual has been sent on same. Consensus that some study/research required to capture evidence from which to develop recommendations to put to JCQ.
AC-S fed back content from NADP email discussion on increasing difficulty in evidencing or ‘proving’ disability to awarding bodies. JB illustrated contrast with <16 where admin burden has reduced (ie evidence required on inspection only) and the revised Form 8, as basis for online application, is improved.
Action: Paul to follow up with contacts at NDCS, flagging issue in hope that they will adopt as a source of focus.
Action: Paul to link with Julie Swann (Head of Policy) at AAQAG meeting 17/10/11.
Action: As deemed suitable, Action on Hearing Loss can introduce subject to social media channels to generate comment
5. Update on CSW course pilots
6. DESF survey.
Initial survey in 2010. Bi-annual repeat. Simon has converted into survey monkey format. ACSW has responded to draft but uncertain if current version has that incorporated.
Action: Simon to circulate latest version within a week. ACSW Chair content to be included. Dissemination mechanism to be decided.
Action: CHESS, TOD, HOSS, ANP networks as basis for circulation
Action: HA to determine if Action on Hearing Loss has an email mailing list for HE, FE and schools disability/sensory/access personnel.
7. Changing the letterhead
Action: AO to update letterhead to include CHESS, ANP and Action, perhaps revisit design in effort to fit them all in! Action: All of above to send logo and web addresses to AO.
8. Oral Language Modifiers
3 year pilot re-instating OLMs now complete. Research launched and still within that phase. DESF welcomes research though suspects complex basis to superficial low uptake of OLMs from ranks of ToD, CSW etc
Action: Watching brief with need to be alert to opportunities to consult/engage in constructive discussion on topic.
Discussion on training mentioning CIEA course for OLM that publicised as being short but expensive, plus a London Level 6 course, details of which uncertain.
Action: MT to clarify London L6 offer Action: Jane to determine if English is a pre-requisite of if equivalency is acceptable (Check the correlation with BSL support).
Comment that change of name from OLM would make it easier to dovetail as a module into the ECSW qual. Comment that there remains a query about who is delivering the service and who (if anyone) is paying for the training of modifiers.
9. Ongoing effects of cuts
10. Representation on DESF
Desire to see additional < 16 practitioner representation on group
Action: PS to send HA list of criteria to send out with agreed notes
Action: HOSS forum to advertise
Action: Linda Watson to be approached as means to target ToD trainees & Course providers to be targeted
11. Review Non Medical Helpers (NMH) for DSA consultation
A C-S Open consultation
Has met with DSA to position view
Action: watching brief
12. Updates from the organisations
CHESSA C-S on maternity leave from December (congratulations); Judith Hutchinson will replace on DESF.
ANP no hyphen in ‘notetaker’. 35k Lottery grant to enable publicity.
ACSW 3 new posts available on the committee (vice chair, volunteer co-ordinator and funding officer).
NATED Developing ‘kitemark’ for college units’ support
Next conference likely to be in Derby
A C-S to send dates
ASLI Nicky to forward to HA to send out with agreed notes
BATOD Ofqual consulting on GCSEs. Features include resit options reduced, linear rather than modular format, more emphasis on spelling throughout all exams. Concern is lack of equality for deaf students as a result. Deadline for responses November 5th
Signature Attached as separate paper to these notes
Action on Hearing Loss I-Sign Consortium meeting with Sarah Teather to make case for extension of BSL provision (from 0 – 25 including all support functions) in recognition that represents a deaf child’s human right to access language
Date of next meeting: Action on Hearing Loss, Monday 16th January 2012, 3pm.