GCSE in BSL

Signature has been involved with the process of creating a GCSE in BSL for many years now. Beginning with a successful pilot qualification in 2015, we oversaw its creation and distribution throughout a range of secondary schools.

However, neither the Department for Education (DfE), nor Ofqual were in a position to develop a qualification at this time.

Despite set backs, we continued to utlise our own resources in order to step up our fight to make the GCSE a reality. We have seen some major developments within the last twelve months, and I am pleased with how much Signature has achieved over such a short period.

In July 2018, Signature met with both DfE and Ofqual to further discuss the possibility of creating a GCSE in BSL. After a successful meeting, we were tasked with creating two proposals for the development of a GCSE.

Following much work and commitment, In November 2018 Signature submitted these two proposals to DfE and Ofqual. A meeting with DfE and Ofqual then followed in February 2019.

Based upon the proposals that Signature submitted, it was confirmed that DfE will now begin the complex process of developing subject content to see if a GCSE qualification is possible. This is excellent news.

I am proud of the hard work undertaken by Signature up until this point, and I very much see this result as an achievement for both us, and for thousands of children throughout the UK.

Signature has continued to push ahead with this, but we must now wait with everyone else as DfE take this forward. We continue to offer support to them during this time.

BSL IN SECONDARY EDUCATION

We are committed to developing a qualification in British Sign Language (BSL) for secondary education. Currently the pilot programme is being delivered in six schools they are:

St Clere's School, Essex

Oak Lodge School, London

Darrick Wood Secondary School, Kent

Blackburn College, Blackburn

Sanders School, Essex

Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, Kent

At the start of 2015, we recruited a working group to write the draft qualification specification content, along with the teacher support materials and other necessary documents in preparation for the a pilot programme.

The qualification will be piloted in secondary schools throughout the UK from September 2015. Following the pilot, we aim to make the qualification available to all schools - We are seeking recognition to award GCSE qualifications and intend, in the future, to award this qualification as a GCSE.

If you have any queries about the qualification in British Sign Language (BSL) for secondary, please get in touch with us at BSL.SecEd@Signature.org.uk.

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