British Sign Language (BSL): Guide

Dani Sive (Headteacher Frank Barnes School) and Catherine Drew (Key Stage 1/2 Team Leader Frank Barnes School) | View as single page | Feedback/Impact

BSL in Teaching

BSL is used in schools and other education settings to deliver the curriculum.  Some schools have a bilingual philosophy where the curriculum is delivered in BSL and English is taught as a separate language, using BSL to teach reading and writing in English.  Other schools use the signs of BSL simultaneously with spoken English, sometimes called Sign Supported English, which is often used for children who use spoken English as their predominant language. 

Schools that adopt a bilingual approach use BSL not only to teach the curriculum, but also for communication and provide opportunities for social and emotional development and understanding of the world.


Schools/resource bases that are ordinary/affiliated/full members of the Sign Bilingual Consortium​.

  • Aberdeen School (Aberdeen)
  • Blanche Nevile School (London)
  • Castleford Academy RB (Castleford)
  • Elmfield School (Bristol)
  • Exeter Deaf Academy (Exeter)
  • Frank Barnes School (London)
  • Hamilton Lodge School (Brighton)
  • Heathlands School (St Albans)
  • James Wolfe School (London)
  • Knotty Ash Primary School Deaf Resource Base (Liverpool)
  • Longwill School (Birmingham)
  • Oak Lodge School (London)
  • Royal Cross School (Preston)
  • RSDD (Derby)
  • Thomasson Memorial School (Bolton)
  • Windsor Park School (Falkirk)



  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds