Update from the Department for Education
“The Department for Education has today announced a brand-new GCSE British Sign Language qualification. The GCSE will be a combination of learning how to sign and gaining a comprehensive understanding of the history of sign language in Britain, and we aim for the GCSE to be available for first teaching from September 2025.
We are launching a consultation to obtain wider public views on the content in the course, as it is really important that the deaf community and people who having hearing loss have a say in how they think it should be run. It is also important that more people learn how to sign, and so this course isn’t just for the deaf community, it is for everyone.
To accompany this announcement, we have published:
- A consultation on proposed assessment arrangements for GCSEs in British Sign Language
- A press release
- An Education Hub piece on everything you need to know about the British Sign Language GCSE
- Content across our social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.“