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Letter from Tiffin School to the Russell Group of Universities

Hilda Clarke, Head of the Tiffin School in Kingston-upon-Thames has written to the Russell Group of Universities outlining her concerns about how the term 'facilitating subjects'* used by the Russell Group has been misinterpreted by both the press and the public.

In her letter Ms Clarke writes:

I sincerely hope that you shared the horror of our subject teachers in Music, Religious Studies, Politics and Government, Philosophy, Economics, Art, Design and Technology, Theatre Studies and Physical Education when the Secondary Schools League Tables were published yesterday.

The MMA and ISM had written to you on 28 June 2012 to express concerns about how the term “facilitating subjects” was being misinterpreted with respect to subjects not on your list. Since the term had been introduced, schools had seen a decline in the number of students choosing these subjects at A Level. Often under pressure from parents, the Russell Group advice was being misinterpreted as meaning that students should only choose facilitating subjects.

Ms Clarke calls on the Russell Group to clarify their position to ensure parity between subjects is ensured.

You can read the letter in full on the Tiffin School website.

*Facilitating subjects, as defined by the Russell Group of Universities, are:

  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (Classical and Modern)