Paul-Michael has been a Cued Speech tutor since 2002 and is the busiest of our tutors, teaching courses across the UK. He holds the Level 1 and Level 2 certificate of proficiency in Cued Speech as well as teaching British Sign Language (Level 2 and 3). In February 2009, he also gained his qualification at Level 4 NVQ in British Sign Language at Manchester City College. He holds the City and Guilds 7307/1 Adult and Further Education Teacher Certificate, the new qualification ‘Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector’ and is currently studying for the Certificate in Education at Lancaster University.
Paul-Michael has a slight hearing loss himself which can benefit from Cued Speech use, particularly in noisy settings, and his knowledge of the Deaf community assists him in promoting various aspects of Cued Speech tuition. He teaches hearing and deaf people and has been able to promote the benefits of Cued Speech with Deaf-Blind adults through British Sign Language and hands-on signing.
He attends exhibitions and conferences on behalf of the Association and gives presentations about it. He occasionally works as a Cued Speech Transliterator and would like to grow his skills in this area. From the outset Paul-Michael saw the simplicity and benefits that Cued Speech offers and hasn’t looked back since. He and his partner Sarah, also a certified cuer, have a young daughter, Rhianne.