“We fully support the introduction of the new GCSE in British Sign Language and we’re delighted that it is now very close to reality. It will give BSL users the opportunity to achieve a GCSE in their legally recognised language, encourage other students to learn a useful communication skill, and promote inclusivity.
“We are sure that many schools will want to offer this as part of the curriculum. However, it is important to recognise that there are likely to be practical constraints because schools are under tremendous pressure in terms of staffing, finances and time. We need to see greater government investment in education and the education workforce as sufficient resourcing is inextricably linked to the curriculum opportunities that schools and colleges are able to offer.”