Art History A Level saved
A decision made in October to scrap the final History of Art A Level course available has been reversed. Exam board Pearson have confirmed that they will be developing a new course ready to be taught from next September. The original decision in October caused an outcry from experts and teachers who argued that it represented ‘a vital loss for students’. Pearson has stated that this response indicated the passion that is held for this subject, and said that they are ‘happy to help make sure they remain available’.
Rise in hate crime in post Brexit UK
Hate crime aimed at the UK’s Polish community has been on the rise since the decision to leave the EU in the summer. Joanna Kalinowska from Poole argues that since the referendum she has been made to feel like a second-class citizen, and that she now sees ‘no future’ in the UK. Both official and anecdotal reports have emerged surrounding the abuse, including reports of racist graffiti in the days after the referendum, and cards with the words ‘leave the EU, no more Polish vermin’ being distributed outsides schools and posted through letterboxes in Huntingdon Cambridgeshire. Polish deputy prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has argued that many Polish people are likely to leave the UK after Brexit due to overwhelming feelings of being unwanted.
High number of child abuse claims within UK football clubs
UK police chiefs have stated that about 350 victims have reported child sexual abuse within UK football clubs. This information largely came to light after several former players alleged past abuse from their coaches. The NSPCC said that since they set up their dedicated football hotline, more than 860 people have called. The charity is now working with a range of agencies across the country to properly deal with the claims. Within the first three days of launching it made more than 60 referrals, which is more than three times as many as in the first three days of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Recount of votes in Wisconsin condemned by Donald Trump
Green Party candidate Jill Stein has initiated a recount of votes in Wisconsin, a state narrowly won by Trump, in an attempt to be sure computer hackers did not affect the vote. Hilary Clinton’s campaign has expressed its support for the recount, arguing that although there is no evidence to conclude that the election was sabotaged, there was an obligation to the Americans who voted for Clinton to ensure that the vote count was accurate. Trump has described this decision as ‘sad’, saying that it will be a waste of money, as the same result will be found. He has also attacked Clinton, highlighting that she has already conceded to the result, and referring to remarks made during the presidential debates where Clinton encouraged acceptance of the results (although this was as a response to Trump’s claim that he would not accept the result if he lost).