The Department for Education has confirmed that the public consultation for a GCSE in British Sign Language will be delayed until early in 2023. Although the public consultation has been delayed, it is still planned to begin teaching the GCSE in 2025.
Signature continues to work closely with the Department of Education and we remain committed to a GCSE in British Sign Language and will continue to prepare for this.
Lindsay Foster, Executive Director at Signature said: “Whilst, we share the disappointment that everyone may be feeling, we also appreciate that it’s important to make sure that the scope of the qualification is the best it can be and the delay means the process won’t be rushed. We urge everyone to have the patience required to get the qualification right, the planned teaching hasn’t changed so the end goal is still the same, and that is ultimately what we are all working towards.”