Sign Language: GCSE

Department for Education written question – answered on 29th May 2018.

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Photo of Peter Aldous Peter Aldous Conservative, Waveney

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made on enabling the introduction of a GCSE in British Sign Language.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

There are no plans to introduce any new GCSEs in this Parliament, to allow schools a period of stability following the recent reforms. However, the Government is open to considering a proposal for a British Sign Language (BSL) GCSE for possible introduction in the longer term. We have indicated this to Signature, the awarding organisation proposing to develop a GCSE in BSL, and the National Deaf Children’s Society.

Any new GCSE would need to meet the rigorous expectations for subject content, which are set by the Department for Education. It would also need to meet the expectations for assessment and regulatory requirements, which are set by Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator. The Department and Ofqual will consider carefully any proposals put forward in due course.

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