For the last day of Deaf Awareness Week, I have shared the campaign results. This was the a poll released by the National Deaf Children’s Society to see how many young people (deaf and hearing) want to learn British Sign Language in schools. There was over 2 000 responses from people aged 8-25 from across the UK.
Here are the results
- 91% wanted to learn more BSL.
- 92% thought schools should offer a BSL GCSE.
- 97% thought BSL should be taught in schools.
What was really surprising was that 67% of people were hearing while 33% were deaf. This shows it’s not just deaf people who want to learn.
A break down of the individual countries views
- 76% were from England, 90% of these wanted BSL to be taught at school, maybe even a GCSE.
- 11% from Scotland, 90% wanted BSL in schools, taught as a National 4/5.
- 9% from Wales, 4 out of 5 wanted learn more.
- 4% were Northern Irish, 90% wanted to learn more.