Marcus Rashford to be included in GCSE media studies curriculum as pupils will learn about Manchester United star’s use of social media to highlight social and racial issues

Marcus Rashford’s use of social media to campaign about injustice will be included in the curriculum for students studying GCSE media studies.

It will focus on his influential charity work and his stance against racism in sport.

Rashford’s campaigning will be included in the GCSE media studies curriculum

The Manchester United forward’s brilliant work will be included in the course from this month under exam board AQA.

Rashford launched a campaign to persuade the government to provide free meals to vulnerable pupils in England throughout the school holidays during the pandemic, forcing a series of government U-turns.

In May, the 23-year-old highlighted the torrent of racist messages he had received on social media after Manchester United’s Europa League final loss.

And then in July, Rashford said he was sorry for his missed penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy but said he will ‘never apologise’ for who he is after he suffered racist abuse on social media.

Rashford was racially abused after the Euro 2020 final

Rashford has successfully used social media to promote his campaigns on child food poverty, as well as ensuring all pupils have access to books.

He became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by raising £20million in donations from supermarkets for groups tackling child poverty.

Other additions to the course include Black Widow from the Marvel Universe, the Kiss Radio Breakfast Show, Heat magazine and the TV series His Dark Materials based on the novels by Sir Philip Pullman.

Rashford received an MBE for his campaigning

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.”

She added: “There has never been a better time to become a media studies student.”

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