British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan consultation

Consultation seeking views on improving public services for BSL users.


Our first goal for Education

That children and young people who use BSL reach their full potential at school.

By 2023 Scottish Ministers will take these steps:

14. Discuss with General Teaching Council for Scotland ( GTCS) how we could remove barriers to register Deaf people who want to become teachers.

15. Investigate the qualification level of BSL that teachers have and review how the General Teaching Council for Scotland's Professional Update and Standards could inform guidance for teachers of pupils who use BSL.

16. Discuss with Scottish Qualifications Authority ( SQA) the potential for developing SQA Awards in BSL.

17. Ensure that appropriate guidance and resources are available to schools and local authorities.

Our second goal for Education

That parents who use BSL can access the same opportunities to be involved in their child's education as other parents.

By 2023 Scottish Ministers will take these steps:

18. Ensure that guidance to schools and local authorities consider the needs of parents who use BSL.

19. Consider what more we can do to ensure that parents who use BSL can be fully involved in their child's education.

Our third goal for Education

That the 1+2 language learning policy offers the opportunity for BSL to be included in the suite of languages local authorities choose to offer to children and young people.

By 2023 Scottish Ministers will take these steps:

20. Make sure that education authorities and schools know that BSL can be part of the language offer in schools under 1+2 language policy.

21. Gather information annually on where BSL is being offered in schools as part of the 1+2 language policy.

22. Gather and share examples of good practice in teaching BSL to hearing pupils as part of 1+2, and make sure there is guidance to support this.


Email: Hilary Third

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