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New GCSE to teach UK students about 2,000 years of migration

Wednesday 13 January 2016
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It was announced in December 2014 that a new History GCSE module in migration was being developed to teach students in the UK about migration to Britain. This module will be available to students from the academic year beginning September 2016.

It was announced in December 2014 that a new History GCSE module in migration was being developed to teach students in the UK about migration to Britain. This module will be available to students from the academic year beginning September 2016.

The GCSE module, which was developed by the Oxford and Cambridge Examination Board (OCR), the Black and Asian Studies Association (BASA), and an 'extensive network of teachers, academics and subject experts' is "the outcome of over fifteen years’ lobbying the government, exam boards and the qualification bodies by BASA".

A release on the OCR website stated that: "Key requirements will be for students to demonstrate that they understand the reasons people migrated to Britain, the experience of migrants in Britain and their impact on Britain. They also need to be able to explain the roles played by factors such as Britain’s connections with the wider world, beliefs, attitudes and values, governments, economic forces and communications".

The course will be structured around the periods 1000-1500 A.D., 1500-1900 A.D. and 1900-2010 A.D.

'Why Croydon's Children Should Study GCSE Migration' by Sean Creighton writing for the Croydon Citizen, 25th November 2015.


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