In a video to Metro, Daniel Jillings – a deaf 12-year old whose first language is British Sign Language – explained what his campaign was about.
Daniel Jillings has set up his own legal campaign to fight for a GCSE in British Sign Language. The campaign is receiving support through crowdfunding contributions on CrowdJustice.
In a few years, Daniel will be doing his GCSEs. Daniel can’t achieve a GCSE in additional languages such as French and Spanish because of the speaking and listening exams, and he’s not given the option to learn his own language as a GCSE.
His mother has spoken to lawyers, who have advised her that the lack of a GCSE in BSL may be discriminatory and unlawful. The lawyers Irwin Mitchell LLP are representing Daniel’s legal campaign, and have raised the following legal issues:
Irwin Michell LLP lawyers consider that the failure to introduce a GCSE in BSL as soon as possible can’t be justified by the government.
The government recently agreed to consider a GCSE in BSL in the future, but this is not a promise and doesn’t say how quickly it will be introduced. The government allegedly want to give schools a period of stability following the recent (and overall unwanted) restructure of GCSEs, which would mean no new GCSEs would be introduced for at least 4 years. This will be too late for Daniel and many other deaf pupils.
Daniel’s crowdfunding campaign aims to cover the initial legal costs to challenge the delay in introducing a GCSE in BSL. Click here to donate to the campaign.
So this child is 12 years old and already he has the savvy to pick out points of law.
Or could it be that he's a pawn being used by adults to further a political process.Would you want to be part of an organisation that uses children to further its aims?
The pursuit of culture means anything is viable, thus children, animals, celeb whatever, we know cultists are bringing the case. Assuming a deaf person gets a BSL qualification, then what? Will it help them when the hearing start to talk to him? I'd agree most deaf are not fully literate in their own 'language' but... What they need is more skills to communicate OUTSIDE the deaf area, or remain in the limbo they are now, which probably suits signing hard-liners who rule their social lives anyway and cannot offer them work or anything academic, unless it is a PHD in Milan, obscure terminologies like audism, or the Emporer's new clothes as re-written by Paddy Ladd. I agree the whole set up is rather novel, but the point escapes most of us.