New Training Opportunities

We offer a number of courses including a BTEC Advanced Award, technical courses offered in collaboration with the NHS, and one-day courses on teaching grammar and literacy to deaf children. We also organise information sharing days for professionals working with deaf children in the Greater London area.

Applications for the Con Powell Memorial Scholarships for teachers training to become Teachers of the Deaf re-opened in January 2017. Find out more. 

New events and training

Deafness and Autism Special Interest Group event, 27 April 2017, The Bridge Training Centre, London N7 9LD

This year’s BATOD/ Burwood Park Foundation event will return to The Bridge Training Centre in London in April. Tickets are £85 for BATOD members and £95 for non-members, including lunch. Topics include music, research and reducing stress. View Special Interest Group programme here Download booking form here

BTEC Advanced Award for Audiology Technicians in Educational Settings, starting March 2017:

Audiology Technicians in schools and sensory support services ensure that equipment is checked, maintained and used appropriately to provide optimal listening conditions for deaf learners.

Students on the BTEC course

Students on the BTEC course

Our popular BTEC Advanced Award for Audiology Technicians in Educational Settings returned in March 2017. Currently in its sixth year, the course is suitable for IT/Science technicians, or teaching assistants supporting deaf learners. The content covers listening and learning, familiarisation with a range of technical aids,  problem solving and administration issues.  Please view our Please view the BTEC leaflet to find out more. If you have any questions, please email





Recent events:

GLADE conference, November 2016

The most recent GLADE conference took place in London on 18 November 2016. View GLADE conference programme here

GLADE (Greater London Affiliation for Deaf Education) is our focus group for professionals working in resource provisions across Greater London.

The aims of the group are to share good practice through discussion and training opportunities, and to alleviate the isolation of specialist staff by encouraging networking and peer support.

Cochlear Implants and Radio Aids: 29 June 2016, Optegra Building, Aston University, Birmingham: 

A one-day workshop which explored different radio aid systems with Cochlear, Advanced Bionics and MED-EL sound processors. This workshop was aimed at professionals working with children using radio aid systems with their CIs. The course, organised by the Midlands Hearing Implant Centre and delivered by the Ewing Foundation gave delegates an update on the latest developments, including the Phonak Roger and the eClarity systems. Delegates were also given hands-on practical experience with the Connevans Genie, Phonak systems and Comfort Audio system with the 3 CI devices.

Deafness and Autism Training Day, Wednesday 27 April 2016, London

British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) Special Interest Group, in association with Ewing Foundation and Burwood Park Foundation, held a Deafness and Autism Training Day on Wednesday 27 April 2016.

  • small group sharing the latest research and experiences
  • assessment and classroom strategies
  • cross phase interest

Please view the event programme here.The event was held at The Bridge Conference Centre, 251 Hungerford Road, London N7 9LD.

Con Powell Memorial Scholarships, closing 31 March 2016. Will re-open January 2017.

Five scholarships per year are available for teachers who wish to train to be Teachers of the Deaf. The scholarships are managed by British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) and funded by Ovingdean Hall Foundation. Scholars are supported by Ewing Foundation staff. They are aimed at teachers whose Local Authorities are not obliged to fund them.

Find out more. 

Closing date for 2016-2017 scholarships 31 March 2016. Applications for 2017-2018 scholarships will open in January 2017.

Getting to Grips with Grammar:

This one-day training event, most recently held at Phonak UK’s headquarters in Warrington, Cheshire during September 2015, was aimed at staff working with deaf pupils and includes:

  • fundamental concepts about syntax/ grammar and terminology
  • understanding how children’s syntax develops
  • using STASS effectively to analyse children’s developing syntax
  • monitoring the emergence of complex language
  • using the information to inform planning

There were opportunities to view resources and share ideas and strategies with other delegates. The delegate rate was £50. For more information or to reserve your place at the next event, please contact Trish Cope or tel/text: 07703 470101

Pathways to Literacy:

This one-day training day, which has been running since 2012, has proved highly popular. This course has usually been run in the Manchester area, but as well as delivering customised versions of this day for individual services, it is anticipated that further days will be organised to cover other regions.  More information about the course can be viewed here: Pathways to Literacy (pdf). The Pathways to Literacy video clips which accompany the course are available online here. For more information, please contact Trish Cope.

GLADE (Greater London Affiliation for Deaf Education):

Our information-sharing group for professionals working with deaf children in the Greater London area met in October 2015. The day including presentations on the following subjects:

  • tracking progress post-assessment
  • capacity and perceptions of resource provisions
  • working with families
  • audiology protocol

There was also an exhibition from audiology service suppliers, and opportunities for delegates to mix informally and share thoughts and practice together. Please contact Joyce Sewell-Rutter or Stevie Mayhook to find out about the next GLADE event. Professionals (Teachers of the Deaf, Learning Support and Communication Support Workers, Audiology Technicians) from outside the Greater London are also welcome.

Next event 18 November 2016.

Professionals share ideas at a recent GLADE meeting.

Professionals share ideas at a recent GLADE meeting.