The QToD Forum is moderated by Paul Simpson and Teresa Quail (National Executive Officers) of BATOD.
What is the QToD Forum?
A platform to share good practice and seek solutions to the challenges of the profession. The QToD Forum is an e-mail discussion list for Qualified Teachers of the Deaf (QToDs) and associated professionals. Messages posted to the forum, via email, are automatically sent to all members.
The purpose is is to enable QToDs/ToDs to exchange good practice, ask questions and discuss issues of current interest. The conversations are also open to Speech and Language Therapists, SENCOs, audiologists, support staff – anyone who may have pertinent questions and comments to share within the wide field of deaf education.
The value of the forum is:
- it is free to join
- it provides instant access to colleagues with similar concerns
- it provides an opportunity to exchange professional views and opinions
- it gives access to expertise
- it can reduce professional isolation.
- Topics which have been raised in recent posts have include access to examinations, curriculum issues and sport for cochlear implant wearers.
Members of the forum also need to be aware of the public nature of exchanges and ensure that they are not compromising their organisations when they reply to messages. .
We operate the usual basic courtesy rules and ask members of the forum to respect the no advertising rule. This applies in particular to job adverts (see below)
Who can join the QToD forum?
Membership of the forum is open to QToDs, ToDs (including those in training), Speech and Language Therapists, SENCOs, audiologists, support staff – anyone who may have pertinent questions and comments to share within the wide field of deaf education.
Following several enquiries and some conversations on the Heads of Sensory Services (HOSS) forum, BATOD has decided to welcome Audiology Technicians to the QToD forum. At the same time we are keen also to extend membership to Communication Support Workers (CSWs), Teaching Assistants (TAs) and other former members of adept (which unfortunately closed earlier this year). The former chair, Jill Bussien, is a member of the BATOD National Executive Council and all former members of adept will be warmly encouraged to join BATOD as Special members (paying half the usual Full price).
Membership of the forum allows you to raise and respond to questions and enquiries and stimulate discussion on topics related to all aspects of deaf education.
Membership applications are reviewed by one of the moderators before forum access is granted.
How to join the forum:
Complete the online form you can find here.
Conferences and other events can be included in the BATOD calendar (free) with a link directly to the organiser’s website. To advertise events on the BATOD website please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Simpson, National Executive Officer