Working with our partners at National Deaf Children’s Society, British Deaf Association and British Association of Teachers of Deaf Children and Young People we are looking to understand how much interest there is in a BSL GCSE – including how many students would like to study it, and how many schools are interested in teaching it.
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What’s happened with the GCSE so far?
Signature has been involved with the process of creating a GCSE in BSL since 2010. Beginning with a successful pilot qualification in 2015, we oversaw its creation and distribution throughout a range of secondary schools.
In 2019 Signature submitted a proposal to the Department for Education and based on this they confirm they would begin the complex process of developing subject content to see if a GCSE qualification is possible.
What happens next?
We are currently waiting for public consultation from both the Department for Education and Ofqual which we are expecting will be released early in 2023. The planned first teaching of a GCSE in BSL is 2025.