British Sign Language (BSL): National Plan 2017 to 2023

Plan setting out actions to help ensure deaf and deafblind BSL users are fully involved in all aspects of daily and public life.

Post-School Education

Our long-term goal: BSL users* will be able to maximise their potential at school, will be supported to transition to post-school education if they wish to do so and will receive the support they need to do well in their chosen subject(s).

By 2020, Scottish Ministers will:

Expect all colleges and universities will publish BSL plans, setting out how students who use BSL are supported, with a clear measurable commitment to improvement where necessary. These plans link with college and university outcome agreements and will be reviewed annually by the Scottish Funding Council ( SFC), to ensure that inequalities experienced by D/deaf and Deafblind BSL students are being addressed.

Establish a steering group to help colleges and universities develop their own BSL plans. This will be run by the Scottish Funding Council ( SFC), will involve BSL users*, and will include assessing what further guidance colleges and universities need to ensure they are clear about their responsibilities to BSL users* leaving school and going on to further or higher education.

Offer accessible advice and guidance to students who use BSL on funding packages available through the Student Award Agency Scotland ( SAAS).


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