Cardiff was a lively place for this years annual BATOD conference. I was there representing Leeds University Deaf Education programme. It was a pleasure to have to the opportunity to network with colleagues from The Ear Foundation, Mary Hare and Birmingham Deaf Education programmes, manufacturers, heads of schools and services and many Welsh colleagues.
A recurring theme for this conference was the importance of CPD for teachers of the deaf: This issue was underlined by Sue Archbold in her keynote and further discussed at the NEC the following day. This is an area that I am currently leading as part of the BATOD working group and potential NaTSIP workstream. Over the next year we hope to develop a manageable CPD formative and summative tool that will enhance the profession by providing a framework for the on going development and monitoring of ToD skills. As this work develops I will keep you updated on our blog.