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Outreach activity at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children

8 October 2012

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One-day Halloween Workshop at

Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children

On Thursday 4 October, Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children will be the setting for a one-day Halloween workshop, organised by the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at UCL. With activities such as costume-making, pumpkin-carving, biscuit-decorating, face-painting and games in British Sign Language (BSL), the event is set to welcome the Halloween season in style.

Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children is a very successful school, recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’, with a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence for deaf education. Children from across Greater London, from many different backgrounds, attend the school from the age of 2 to 11 years. The school has a bilingual philosophy which involves teaching using both BSL: the language of the Deaf community, and English: the language of the hearing community. These languages are equally valued and the children are encouraged to be proficient in both.

Blanche Neville School for deaf children will also be in attendance with a group of pupils joining Frank Barnes School to get involved in bringing the spooky Halloween season to life.

Helping to lead the activities will be twenty-seven staff members from the Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre. The largest research group in this field in Europe, DCAL brings together leading deaf and hearing researchers in the fields of sign linguistics, psychology, and neuroscience. With around 30% deaf staff, DCAL places the Deaf community and sign language at its core. DCAL is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and this one-day workshop has also been generously supported by the University College London (UCL) Outreach Team.

As this is an all-day event, refreshments throughout the day and lunch will be provided for staff, children and teachers. The day will end with an impressive exhibition of the items made, children will be encouraged to take their mementos home and DCAL will have a display in their building with items that children have made.

For more information, contact Catherine Drew, Leader of Bilingual Practice at Frank Barnes School on deafstudies@fbarnes.camden.sch.uk or 020 7391 7040 or Dr Manjula Patrick, Administrator at DCAL on m.patrick@ucl.ac.uk

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