Emma Iliffe

Emma has been a sign language teacher for over 25 years.

I originally trained at BSLTA (British Sign Language Training Agency) at Durham University in 1987 while I was BSL Teacher Secretary at Oxford Deaf Club.

During motherhood, I became an illustrator for Deaf children’s’ books, and for the BBC Hands Up series. As my children got older, I updated my teacher qualifications at the City Lit where I achieved an STTC, City & Guild 7307, 7407 Stage 1 and 2, and worked as a BSL teacher in some Adult Education colleges. I was also BSL Teacher Co-ordinator at Enfield College. I then became a qualified A1 assessor and attended City University to gain a BSL Production Skills Assessor for children aged 4 to 11.

For the past 11 years, I have been teaching at Blanche Neville School. My role involves teaching and assessing Deaf children, parents, specialist and mainstream staff.

I become a member of ABSLTA for 7 years before being elected onto the committee for two years.  In April 2014, I was re-elected to become the new Chairperson.  As a volunteer for ABSLTA, I am delighted to share my wealth of skills and experiences. I especially enjoy the challenges of working as part of the team and leading ABSLTA through the complex digital era to bring a fresh modern image and reach out to as many potential members based around the UK.

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