Marcus Rashford’s Food Campaign Added To GCSE Media Studies Curriculum

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

22 Sep 2021

Students studying media studies GCSEsthis year will study Marcus Rashford’s role as an influencer.

Exam board AQA announced the Manchester United strikers food campaign media impact will be included in the syllabus to the course from this month.

The move forms part of the exam board’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusio, with the focus on Rashford being his use of social media to speak out on issues such as free school meals and racism in sport.

Sandra Allan, AQA’s head of curriculum for creative arts, 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.”

Steff Hutchinson, assistant head teacher at Caludon Castle School, in Coventry, spoke on her students excitement to be studying Rashford:

“He is very, very relevant to all of my students, particularly those who are of colour themselves and the lads who are into football seeing someone who is a massive role model.”