Russell Brand to be studied at English A-level from September

The Independent is reporting that comedian Russell Brand and rapper Dizzee Rascal will be studied as part of the English A-level syllabus from September after the OCR board received approval for its new courses…

Plans to include evidence given by the comedian to a Commons select committee inquiring into drugs and an interview between the rap singer and Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman caused a stir when they were proposed by the exam board Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts (OCR)as part of the new syllabus last year.

Now, though, they have been approved by exams regulator Ofqual amongst 37 new specifications for GCSEs and A-levels put forward by the exam board…

The 37 new syllabuses include moves to ensure students can no longer avoid reading a whole book for their English GCSE. In the past, they have been able to get by with just studying sections from novels but questions will now insist they relate their answers to the book as a whole…

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove Young people are already unhealthily obsessed with “celebrity” – why to we pander to it? Jesus wept!

  2. DanSeanClayton

    andylutwyche rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove it’s got little to do with him & more to do with contemporary spoken English.

  3. DanSeanClayton

    andylutwyche rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove media have picked up on 1 example text from range of those offered.

  4. andylutwyche

    DanSeanClayton rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove That’s not how students, Brand himself and the general public will view it unfortunately

  5. andylutwyche

    DanSeanClayton rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove I’m sure they have as they often do, but that’s the angle that will cause most public uproar

  6. morris_emma

    SchoolsImprove I’m being open-minded. Son wants to study English A Level in Sept. Brand doesn’t appeal to me but he has a way with words.

  7. DanSeanClayton

    andylutwyche rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove the cynic in me (&AQA Eng Lang examiner) feels that OCR won’t be complaining about publicity

  8. andylutwyche

    DanSeanClayton rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove See previous posts regarding a profit driven exam system! I realise they won’t complain!

  9. DanSeanClayton

    andylutwyche rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove especially as all their specs now approved. Tiny ‘market share’ 4 A level Eng likely to grow.

  10. DanSeanClayton

    andylutwyche rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove yes, very mixed feelings about it – I work for AQA but whole system has huge problems.

  11. DanSeanClayton

    andylutwyche rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove although I’m not sure 1 board per subject is necessarily the answer.

  12. andylutwyche

    DanSeanClayton rachelrossiter SchoolsImprove Me neither; trust in exam system eroded by profit making, political tinkering & inept Ofqual

  13. HughdjNicklin

    andylutwyche When u have useless curriculuum have to sweeten pill with what pple r perceived 2 find sweet. #ReadWriteBuySellCookCleanFix

  14. DanSeanClayton

    sputniksteve ah ok. I think OCR’s press release about their approved specs must have stirred anti-Brand/dumbing-down Smaugs into action!

  15. MadgeJesss

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Can’t really claim to be a rebel outside the system can he, if he’s part of school curriculum. LOL

  16. NorthernRingo

    SchoolsImprove RB not studied but “Plans to include evidence given by the comedian to a Commons select committee inquiring into drugs.”

  17. NorthernRingo

    SchoolsImprove RB not studied but “Plans to include evidence given by the comedian to a Commons select committee inquiring into drugs.”

  18. danielacalota1

    SchoolsImprove he will bring a positive change much needed, enlightenment, empathy, loving light, he will open their minds! so proud of him

  19. DanSeanClayton

    SchoolsImprove andylutwyche rachelrossiter or rather that OCR are plugging all their specs being approved. Lang was approved in Sept IIRC

  20. andylutwyche

    DanSeanClayton SchoolsImprove rachelrossiter Free publicity it is then. Not a great advert for our current exam system!

  21. AssemblyTube

    SchoolsImprove Surely it should be – “Russell Brand to study English A-level”. Has the world gone mad? The self publicist wins again!

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