Training Opportunities

New Training Opportunities

We offer a variety of technical and educational strategy courses to help you support your deaf students. These include a technical course offered in collaboration with the NHS, and training days 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.

Con Powell Memorial Scholarships

Five scholarships are available each year for teachers who wish to train to become 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 2019 closed on 30 April 2019Scholarships will re-open January 2020. Find out more.

Understanding Radio Aids and Cochlear Implants

Our popular annual training day returned in 2019. Held at Midlands Hearing Implant Programme, this hands-on workshop focused on setting up radio aid systems and cochlear implant processors. For more information about future courses, please contact James Mander on

Linking Listening to Language

This training day, held most recently in July 2018, included understanding and assessing listening skills; 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 Cope at

Deafness and Autism Special Interest Group

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 April 2018’s event was Closer Collaboration with Practical Strategies. Please contact Joyce Sewell-Rutter at to find out about future events.

GLADE annual conference, each November

GLADE (Greater London Affiliation for Deaf Education) is our networking 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 Joyce Sewell-Rutter at to find out about the next event.

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. For more information or to reserve your place at the next event, please contact Trish Cope at

Pathways to Literacy

This one-day training day, which has been running since 2012, has proved highly popular. This event 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 at