Thanks to a young man called Daniel Jillings, school pupils will soon be able to study a GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL).
Daniel has been campaigning for a GCSE for 5 years, since he was aged 12, so Deaf students can get a GCSE in their own language. The GCSE will also enable hearing students to learn around 1,000 BSL signs, to communicate with their Deaf peers, and learn about the history of BSL.
The intention is for the GCSE to be available to teach in schools from September 2025, and the public consultation is happening now. There’s more information available here.
Do take part in the consultation so that the curriculum can be of the highest standard.
The consultation closes 7 September 2023.