Fawcett responds to the GCSE & A level consultation
Fawcett have submitted a response to the GCSE and A Level Consultation following the announcement that feminism is potentially to be removed from the A level politics syllabus – effectively cutting women out of it. Plans for the new content remove the option to study feminist thinkers and ideas. Instead feminism has been relegated to one of a number of ‘pressure groups’ with content focussing solely on the disagreements between suffragettes and suffragists. The syllabus cover 16 key political thinkers – but only one of these is a woman.
Fawcett is calling for the government to think again and make sure women are given the place they deserve in the study of politics. Our consultation response recommends the following:
- Feminism be included as one of the ‘political ideas’ which students will be expect to understand, discuss, and critique
- That more women are included amongst the ‘key thinkers’ of liberalism, conservatism, and socialism that students will study
- That feminism be given a more prominent role than just as a ‘pressure group’ with consideration of the key concepts, debates and thinkers rather than a narrow focus on the disputes between the suffragists and suffragettes
You can read our full consultation response here.
The Department for Education is consulting on the proposals until 15th December – let them know what you think too.
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