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More diverse GCSE texts.

More diverse GCSE texts.

Britain’s biggest exam board has added a more diverse set of texts to its English GCSE syllabus, following complaints about there being 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.  

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. 

In addition to the works of William Wordsworth and Robert Bridges, the GCSE poetry anthology will include the Pakistani-born Imtiaz Dharker and Grace Nichols, who is Guyanese.

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