Election addresses by nominees to the BATOD National Executive Council 2017-2019
NEC Minuting Secretary
For the last four years, I’ve had the privilege of being Minuting Secretary (aided by Paul) for BATOD and the (long) Minutes, are, I hope comprehensive and clear. It is an honour to serve on the NEC and Steering Group, with such Presidents as Gary, Karen, Andrea and Stuart. I have learned more about deaf education in the last seven years than in my 37 years as a ToD and BATOD member. The continuing opportunity to comment on and consider crucial legislation such as the Children and Families bill etc has made me more thoughtful and less instantly reactive, where such legislation is concerned. This has been useful within N. Ireland in the context of the amalgamation into one Education Authority and the foreseeable consequences.
Being on the SG and discussing and helping agendas for the NEC meetings to emerge from the vital educational issues we need to consider and to monitor has been extremely worthwhile. I have greatly enjoyed meeting and working with other serving ToDs and have consulted many on aspects of teaching, audiology, CIs, FM systems, acoustics, apps etc. Steering Group colleagues are invariably helpful and a pleasure to work with. I hope I have made positive and useful contributions, as a good listener. The meeting notes at SG which I produce aim to clarify decision processes for all members. I would be delighted if my application, to serve another term, were to be successful.
I am currently Manager of the Sensory and Physical Teaching Service for the East Riding of Yorkshire. Previously I was Head of Middlesbrough Hearing Impaired Service. Prior to this I worked in several different LAs in Tyneside as a Peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf, specialising in early years and I also worked in primary and secondary resource bases. I originally trained and worked within the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist. After qualifying as a teacher I worked as a Teacher Therapist in special schools before training as a Teacher of the Deaf whilst working in a non-grant maintained School for the Deaf as a Secondary English teacher.
My main professional interest at the present time is to ensure that services for deaf children survive and thrive in these changing times. I am passionate about inclusion and in aspiring to deliver a highly effective, efficient and valued service within the context of the need to deliver value for money. I regularly attend the NatSIP national outcomes working group and I am very interested in partnership working. I believe it is important that workforce development is not overlooked in attempts to reduce costs and am currently training to tutor on the NatSIP on-line HI training course. Whilst I have experience teaching 0-19 years my main interest is early years.
I am seeking to continue to work alongside colleagues within the BATOD National Executive Council. I will bring to the National Executive experience and knowledge gained as a manager of a large sensory service and particular expertise in the areas of audiology, acoustics and linguistics. I will also seek to use my membership in national PAIG and IOA Speech and Hearing group in the service of BATOD members nationwide.
Deaf children are very dear to my heart professionally and personally. I qualified as a ToD following the birth of my twin daughters, both of whom have a hearing loss, one profound bilateral, the other profound unilateral. I care deeply about our profession and the specialist role of the ToD in ensuring babies to adults are able to thrive in the most appropriate educational setting, whatever their level of hearing loss and the challenges life throws their way.
In my current role as Programme Leader on the MA Deaf Education (ToD) course, Leeds University, and previously as Education Coordinator, The Ear Foundation, I am involved in training ToDs, other professionals working with our young deaf population and a range of national strategic initiatives. As a profession we need to be clear about and articulate what we bring to the classroom and why our work is essential for the young people with whom we work. We need to ensure our practice remains current and work closely and effectively with a range of different professionals, including researchers, to ensure our perspectives and understanding are represented locally, nationally and internationally. I believe I have experience, skills and the drive to support this work.
During my initial term of office on the NEC I have been involved in reflecting on and developing an infrastructure to support the development of a strong and evidence based CPD culture within our profession. There is still much work to do in raising awareness of the need for specialist CPD both within our own profession and importantly within the wider educational community so that the knowledge and skills we bring to the classroom can inform practice. This involves not only developing an expectation and recognition within our own community for the need to remain up to date but also the infrastructure to be able to record and track training. With a robust CPD and recording system in place we are then positioned to raise the profile of the ToD and ensure that we are able to collaboratively and effectively work in conjunction with mainstream colleagues to improve practice and outcomes for deaf children.
I hope you will support me in my endeavour to continue this work with the NEC.
After experience as a mainstream and special needs teacher in a secondary school then in primary and nursery education, Liz qualified as a Teacher of the Deaf in the early 1990s. She has been a member of BATOD since the early 90s with involvement in the South region and the Midland region and currently in the East. In her role as assistant commissioning editor for the BATOD Magazine she works on alternate Magazines collecting articles on the focus topic, enabling contact across a wide range of experienced ToDs. Liz is also the exhibitions co-ordinator for the annual BATOD Conference.
As a Teacher of the Deaf she has worked in a special school, a unit and as a peripatetic teacher in two different counties. The scope of her experience has been further enhanced by her work for two cochlear implant programmes and included research and conference presentations both in the UK and Internationally. She is currently employed as an Educational Audiologist and Assistant Team Leader for the Virtual School Sensory Support in Norfolk.
A firm advocate of the specialist role of the Teacher of the Deaf within the education system because of her varied experiences, Liz is also aware that this specialism has to be versatile to work within and alongside other organisations for the benefit of the children we serve. She sees liaison and representation, together with positive action, as important aspects of the role of the NEC to carry forward the profile of our specialism and to serve the children with whom we work in order to fulfil the new ways of working as the education map changes.
In order to meet the needs of the future Teachers of the Deaf, BATOD continues to need strong and committed professionals in all areas of the profession. Liz served a number of years on NEC as a member of the Audiology Committee where she worked hard to represent her colleagues. Liz believes understanding technology is a skill ToDs need to embrace as assistive listening devices become more complex and as we educate our Deaf children for a future dependent upon technology.
She hopes to continue to represent the interests of colleagues both within NEC and on the national committees where she represents BATOD.
I enjoy being part of the NEC and look forward to meeting up with all the representatives at the meetings. Now I am beginning to work on projects with colleagues and feel that I am getting more involved, I would like to continue on the NEC to provide any help I can. Being part of a group of like-minded and dedicated people ensures that my original passion, when I began working as a ToD, to improve outcomes for deaf children is maintained and has encouraged me to become a more reflective practitioner, a quality required by a NEC member.
I currently work as a Teacher of the Deaf with Wigan Council. My role is mainly working with families and Early Years (0-2). I hold an additional qualification, the MA/PG Dip Ed.Studies (Early Years & Deafness). My case list has children from 3 months to 16 years.
I originally trained as a ToD while working with Lancashire County Council and gaining my PG Dip in Deaf Education from The University of Manchester in 2008. This followed fifteen years working as a mainstream teacher in secondary schools teaching English, PSHE, and children with SpLD. I took on the role of Acting SENCo for a year before joining Lancashire’s peripatetic team.
I have been a member of BATOD since 2008 and a few years ago volunteered to join the BATOD North committee, helping to organise and run the annual study day. I recently attended the NEC in Cardiff as a guest and feel that I would like to contribute more to BATOD at a national level.
I am interested in developing coaching and learning skills both with families and professionals in education. I am currently developing a Philosophy for Children course with a group of secondary aged pupils. I am also interested in using guided visualisation with deaf pupils. I also enjoy developing my knowledge of the ever-changing technology available for deaf children.
At Doncaster School for the Deaf, I am a secondary maths teacher (ToD), Senior Manager and governor.
I have taught at RSD, Derby and Mary Hare School. I also interpreted at Walsall College with deaf and deafblind students aged 16 to 80ish working at Entry through to Post Graduate levels.
I find the enthusiasm deaf children have for maths encouraging and the specific learning processes deaf children require to develop mathematical skills, fascinating. It remains my concern that deaf children’s maths results are below their hearing peers.
CPD is very important to me; it enables me to listen to the experts. I share ideas with my regional ATM group (Association of Teachers of Mathematics) and attend, and have presented at, the ATM conference. I believe the main experts in deaf education are deaf people, especially deaf ToDs. As a member of BATOD, I have written magazine articles to express ideas from both of these expert groups.
As a Senior ToD, I am aware that meeting the language needs of all pupils, and delivering subject content satisfactorily is difficult. I would like to see BATOD working closely with BSL training providers and Deaf organisations to provide a clear teaching career pathway for BSL users. Whilst the CRIDE report shows a minority of deaf children use BSL, for those children recruitment of excellent BSL users is vital.
Outside of school, I am a trustee/volunteer for Go!Sign, a Deaf led Christian charity. I tutor with Signs of God, providing BSL training for Christian Settings. I am also a qualified interpreter and a member of ASLI.