New Training Opportunities

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.

New events and training:

Con Powell Memorial Scholarships

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. Applications for 2018 now closed, re-opening January 2019Find out more. 

Recent events:

Linking Listening to Language

Our popular training day returned on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at the headquarters of SENSE, on Pentonville Road in London.

The day included:

  • understanding and assessing listening skills, including effective use of speech discrimination tests.
  • exploring the links between listening and language assessment.
  • Case studies, videos and discussion

For more information about future courses, please contact Trish at or tel/ text: 07703 470 101

Deafness and Autism Special Interest Group event, April 2018, The Bridge Training Centre, London N7 9LD.

This annual event, which is a collaboration between the British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) and Burwood Park Foundation, is designed to help parents and professionals to support deaf children on the autistic spectrum. The theme of 2018 training day was Closer Collaboration with Practical Strategies. Please contact Joyce Sewell-Rutter to find out about future events.

BTEC Advanced Award for Audiology Technicians in Educational Settings, started March 2018:

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.

Our popular BTEC Advanced Award for Audiology Technicians in Educational Settings returned in March 2018. Currently in its seventh 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

The course, which is led by Ewing staff member Stevie Mayhook, is very popular: ‘I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic experience on the course,’ said Verna, a student on the BTEC. ‘Stevie, your amazing knowledge, support and fantastic teaching has given me the confidence to pursue further opportunities.’

Understanding radio aids and cochlear implants, February 2018

Last February, Ewing Foundation staff delivered a workshop at Aston University in Birmingham on working with radio aids and cochlear implants. They shared updates on radio aids for the latest cochlear implant products such as Cochlear N7 system, Med-El Sonnet and Advanced Bionics. This was a hands-on day giving participants the opportunity to test the systems both subjectively and objectively in the test box using special leads produced by Connevans. They also focused on more recent wireless microphones, including the Roger Touch Screen and Cochlear Mini Microphone 2+.

This is an annual event, but we are always happy to organise additional dates during the year. Please contact us.

GLADE conference, November 2017

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. Please contact us to find out more.

Getting to Grips with Grammar:

This one-day training event, most recently held at Phonak UK’s headquarters in Warrington, Cheshire, 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.  For more information, please contact Trish Cope.