Jack Hunt Teacher Of The Deaf, Teresa Quail, Wins Prestigious Award - June 2009

Teresa QuailJack Hunt School would like to congratulate a member of their staff, Teresa Quail who has been chosen as the East of England regional “Learner of the Year” in this year’s Signature Annual Awards.

This award recognises the exceptional commitment and enthusiasm made by many learners studying for the Signature qualifications which helps to break down the barriers of communication between deaf and hearing people.

Signature is a charity which promotes excellence in communication with deaf people. Their primary work is as a recognised awarding body offering nationally accredited qualifications that cover the wide range of languages and communication methods used by deaf and deafblind people.

Developed out of a communication project funded by the Department of Health, Signature was formally established as the Council for The Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) in 1982 by a partnership of organisations working with and representing deaf and deafblind people.

Teresa is a Teacher of the Deaf and teaches Science at Jack Hunt and is also a Form Tutor in which she has three deaf students. She is currently studying in her first year of a two year course with the Masters of Education in Cambridge researching into Science Education for the Deaf Learners.

Teresa is also learning sign language and is studying Level 3 in Lincoln, but has set up Level 1, 2 and 3 courses at Jack Hunt in which she has supported the course tutor. These have been well attended by both deaf and hearing students as well as Teaching Assistants and external agencies and they are awaiting their results in July. She is hoping a Level 4 course will be possible which is equivalent to a degree course according to the National Language Standards.

Her Level 3 Tutor, Paul–Michael Coldham nominated her for the Learner of the Year Award and she was shortlisted and selected as the award winner for this region. All the regional winners have been shortlisted for the overall Learner of the Year Award which will be presented in London in November.

Jack Hunt School has an enhanced resource unit for deaf children of which there are nine students and the school’s philosophy is total communication: inclusion or oral and signed approaches through British Sign Language.

Teresa Quail said “I am extremely pleased but shocked to be nominated for this award and I really do appreciate the support of everyone around me.”

Roy Duncan, Headteacher said “This award for Teresa is thoroughly justified. She is doing tremendous work supporting our deaf students and in training other students and staff in communicating with deaf students”.