Marcus Rashford’s Social Media Use Added to GCSE Media Studies Curriculum | UK News
Marcus Rashford’s use of social media will be added to the GCSE Media Studies curriculum.
It comes after the footballer used online platforms to promote influential charity work and his stance against racism in sport.
The AQA review panel added the Manchester United and England player to the course from this month following his growing profile and influence on a range of social issues during the pandemic.
The new addition to the GCSE course is part of the Examination Board’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
AQA is also setting up an expert group to consider representation in the program and evaluation.
Rashford launched a campaign to persuade the government providing free meals to vulnerable students in England during school holidays during the pandemic, forcing a series of government U-turns.
In May, the 23-year-old highlighted the torrent of racist messages he had received on social media following Manchester United’s final defeat in the Europa League.
In July, Rashford said he was sorry for his missed penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy, but said he would “never apologize” for who he was. is after suffering racist abuse on social media.
He has successfully used social media to promote his campaigns on child food poverty, as well as to ensure that all students have access to the books.
He became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times donor list, raising £ 20million in donations from supermarkets for groups fighting child poverty.
Rashford, who himself received free school meals, was named MBE in the delayed 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honors list.
It is hoped that the inclusion of the footballer in the course will allow students to study his use of social media as a means of influence, but it will also allow them to learn more about the social and racial issues that he raises.
Other additions to the course include Black Widow from the Marvel Universe, the Kiss Radio Breakfast Show, Heat magazine, and the His Dark Materials TV series based on the novels by Sir Philip Pullman.
Sandra Allan, Head of the Creative Arts Curriculum at AQA, said: “I am really excited about the changes we have made – they are engaging and relevant and will inspire and motivate.
“Marcus Rashford is one of the most influential and inspiring young people in the UK, so students can learn a lot from the way he uses social media to make a real impact.
“It’s not just an opportunity for them to learn more about social media – it’s also a great way to learn more about important social and racial issues as part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the program. “
She added, “There has never been a better time to become a media studies student.”