GCSE exam board adds more ethnically diverse texts, after complaints of too many ‘dead white men’

Edexcel, which is owned by Pearson, announced on Monday that from this September, schools will be offered more poems, plays and novels to choose from including those written by authors from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.  The Telegraph reports.

Calls to “decolonise” the curriculum have been gaining pace at universities, where students have urged faculties to update reading lists. The move by Pearson is one of the first indicators that the movement is now gaining momentum in schools too. 

Katy Lewis, Pearson’s head of English, Drama and Languages, explained that the move followed calls for the selection of texts on offer to be more representative of different cultures and ethnicities.

Find out which new texts will be added GCSE exam board adds more ethnically diverse texts, after complaints of too many ‘dead white men’

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