A GCSE in British Sign Language could be introduced in the UK – and it’s all thanks to a schoolboy named Daniel!
Twelve-year-old Daniel Jillings is deaf and uses British Sign Language (BSL) as his ﬁrst language. He’s been campaigning with his family for BSL to be made an oﬃcial GCSE, so that he and others like him can have the same opportunities as their friends. The Government originally said it would not introduce any new qualiﬁcations until the next general election, but thanks to Daniel’s tireless campaigning, ministers have now changed their minds.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said last week that the Government would consider any new proposals that are put forward. The decision to consider a new GCSE in BSL has been described by Steve Haines from the National Deaf Children’s Society as a “powerful signal to deaf children everywhere”. In other GCSE news, teenagers across the country will be getting their results this Thursday (23 August). We wish them lots of luck!
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