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Keats and Hardy axed in ‘diversity’ drive for GCSEs to introduce ‘exciting’ voices to teaching 


John Keats and Thomas Hardy are axed in ‘diversity’ drive for GCSEs to introduce ‘exciting and diverse’ voices to teaching

  • Thomas Hardy and Wilfred Owen have been removed from English GCSEs
  • Keats and Philip Larkin have also been axed in the new diversity push
  • Hardy and Owen historians have slammed the move to get rid of the ‘crucial’ works 

John Keats and Wilfred Owen have been ditched by a GCSE exam board in a drive to introduce ‘exciting and diverse’ voices to its English literature syllabus.

Works by Thomas Hardy and Philip Larkin have also been removed by OCR.

The exam board has retained 30 poems from last year’s set of 45, replacing 15. The new entries include 14 by ‘poets of colour’, with OCR adding that the list also includes ‘disabled and LGBTQ+…



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