Teach sign language to primary school kids

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British sign language (BSL) was recognised by the government as a language in its own right in March 2003. It's the preferred first language of about 70,000 deaf people in the UK and is used by many more.

As well the obvious advantages of inclusion, and communication between the hearing and the deaf, sign language is an effective tool in supporting many learning styles and has been associated with enhanced results in literacy, particularly for more kinaesthetic learners.

If all children were taught to sign at key stages 1-4 it would encourage better communication between deaf, deafblind and hearing people over time. This would not only help ensure that deaf and deafblind people have the same opportunities as everyone else – with the same access to education, employment and services – it would also create better and more inclusive communities in the process.

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