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Duke of Edinburgh Award in BSL

17 May 2013

Pupils at Jordonhill School in Glasgow have pioneered a unique online BSL
training course. The course was used to obtain both bronze and silver Duke
of Edinburgh awards. The Actual Signs online training included BSL
Awareness and a BSL introductory course.

Our team visited the school to assess the participants and to award them
with certificates of completion. Director Joel Kellhofer commented " I was
totally bowled over by the students enthusiasm for the language and the
skills they were able to portray from undertaking the online training"

Sophie Coyle who worked closely with staff at Actual Signs to develop and
tailor make the unique training for the Duke of Edinburgh award said "  I
don't think I can explain how much we enjoyed ourselves whilst learning at
the same time. You showed us how to communicate in a way we never thought
possible and I can safely say I am very excited to continue my learning!
Your kindness and teaching skills have motivated eight young pupils to
learn a whole new language! Thank you for everything."

Teacher Georgina Bream, who was also a course participant commented "
Actual has been an innovative and enjoyable way for the Duke of
Edinburgh participants at Jordanhill to access BSL. As a Duke of Edinburgh
leader I am always on the lookout for ideas to help participants develop
new and exciting skills and I have found the material from Actual Signs
really suited our requirements as a group. Kay and Joel were so helpful
and allowed the pupils to feel a sense of development and achievement, in
addition to helping them learn even more during the assessment event. I
cannot recommend the website and this company enough."

The students are now really keen to continue their online learning to
obtain a duke of Edinburgh Gold award and beyond!

Actual Signs would be pleased to hear from any other organisations who
participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Very well done to Sophie, Miss Bream and all the other participants at
Jordonhill School!