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Glitter song on GCSE extra syllabus
« on: November 10, 2008, 12:31:47 PM »
Glitter song on GCSE extra syllabus

(Monday November 10, 2008 07:39 AM)
A number one chart hit by convicted paedophile Gary Glitter appeared on a GCSE music assignment as suggested listening for students, it has been reported.

The Assessment and Qualification Alliance (AQA), the largest of the three English exam boards, recommended Glitter's 1970s hit I'm The Leader Of The Gang among songs for "related listening" for GCSE music coursework.

Glitter's name was spotted on an exam paper sent out on November 1 to thousands of teenagers by a deputy head teacher, who told The Sun he thought it was "completely inappropriate".

The inclusion of the former glam rocker's song has provoked anger among child abuse campaigners and was condemned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

A department spokeswoman said on Sunday night: "This is unacceptable. The song should be removed."

The deputy head, from Windsor, Berkshire, said he had asked the exam board to withdraw the paper but was told it was too late.

The teacher, a father-of-two who did not want to be named, said: "He's a convicted paedophile jailed for sexually abusing kids. It's completely inappropriate to recommend him as listening material.

"Boys and girls of 15 or 16 who select this song will go straight to the internet to find Glitter's music. I dread to think what they may find searching online for him."

An AQA spokesman was quoted in The Sun as saying: "We have only just become aware that there are complaints and as a result are reviewing whether it is appropriate to have Gary Glitter in the coursework.

"Until the situation is reviewed we are unable to say what decision will be made."



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