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GCSE Media students will be learning about Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford's use of social media will be a part of the AQA GCSE Media curriculum - credit: PA

The AQA exam board has just added Marcus Rashford's social media usage to the GCSE Media curriculum.

The exam board felt the football star was a suitable choice because of his use of social media, specifically promoting his campaigns on food poverty, such as convincing the government to provide free meals to vulnerable school children during the school holidays in England.

As well as taking a stand against racism in sport, such as defending himself, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after the EURO 2020 final in July.

Rashford received an MBE for his services for vulnerable children during the pandemic in the UK. He also became the youngest person to top The Sunday Times Giving List after he helped to raise £20m in donations for the food charity FareShare.

Sandra Allan, AQA's head of curriculum for Creative Arts is excited about this new addition to the curriculum. She said: “I’m really excited by the changes we’ve made – they’re engaging and relevant and will inspire and motivate".

"Marcus Rashford is one of the most influential and inspirational young people in the UK, so students can learn a huge amount from how he uses social media to make a real impact".

"It’s not just an opportunity for them to learn about social media – it’s also a great way to learn about important social and race issues as part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the curriculum".

There will also be other additions to the curriculum, such as Black Widow from the Marvel Universe, the Kiss Radio Breakfast Show, Heat magazine and the TV series ‘His Dark Materials’.


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