About | 01.11.2017 | By Paul Simpson

About BATOD Scotland


Scotland is divided into 32 councils. Each has its own Education Authority and its own policy regarding the education of hearing-impaired children.

All councils provide peripatetic services and most have units. Some councils also have small schools for the deaf, support services for Further Education, resourced FE colleges, etc. Glasgow has a school for Deaf/Blind children. Donaldson’s School in Linlithgow caters for pupils with hearing or severe speech and language difficulties aged between 2½ and 19 years from across Scotland and the north of England. Donaldson’s offers both day and residential placements.

For further information write to individual Education Authorities. A full list of services, schools and units is issued by the Scottish Sensory Centre on their database.

The Scottish Council on Deafness also produces a national directory.

All teachers in Scotland must be registered with the General Teaching Council. Application can be made by those who either have a 4 year degree in primary education or a 3 / 4 year degree with a 1 year teacher training certificate, after they have taught satisfactorily for at least 2 years, one of which must be in mainstream education. Consideration for registration is given to those qualified outside Scotland.


All teachers in Scotland are on a common scale regardless of qualification. Position on scale depends on length of service. Position on scale for promoted posts depends on number of children.

Scottish Sensory Centre

The Centre promotes new development and effective practices in deaf education. It offers short (CPD) courses and information services, including a lending library, for anyone connected with the education of hearing-impaired children. It is part of the Department of Educational Studies in Moray House which offers both, a Post Graduate Diploma and a M.Ed in Deaf Education (full-time and outreach.)

Access to signing

Any establishment using signing as part of Total Communication provides free training to staff, parents, etc. in the appropriate form of signing for them (Paget Gorman Sign System, Signed Exact English and Sign Supported English).

There is a wide range of British Sign Language classes throughout Scotland some leading to Stage 1,2,3 communicators` certificates. The cost of these classes varies according to how they are organised. Anyone who has a recognised Stage 3 certificate can apply to the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters .(SASLI) to become an associate and train to be a registered interpreter. All interpreting in Scotland should be authorised and arranged through SASLI.

Useful Addresses


Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC)
Moray House School of Education
University of Edinburgh
Paterson’s Land
Holyrood Road

Scottish Sensory Centre website

General Teaching Council of Scotland [GTC(S)]
Clerwood House
96 Clermiston Road
EH12 6UT
General Teaching Council of Scotland website
Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI)
54 Queen Street
EH2 3 NS
Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters website
Scottish Council on Deafness (Formally Scottish Association for the Deaf)
Central Chambers
Suite 62 1st Floor
93 Hope Street
G2 6LD
tel: 0141 248 2474
text: 0141 248 2477
fax: 0141 248 2479
Scottish Council on Deafness website


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