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The Royal Anthropological Institute’s Education programme, Discover Anthropology, has been set up to develop actions and strategies to inform teachers and young people about anthropology as a university subject, and to bring the subject more generally into pre-university education.

Anthropology offers a deep understanding of what we share in common as a species, how different societies work, how people live, their beliefs, customs, ideas, prejudices and aspirations. In an era when global understanding and recognition of diverse ways of seeing the world are of critical social, political and economic importance, anthropology has a central role to play in education.

Over the course of four years, the RAI’s Education Committee has worked in collaboration with teachers, anthropologists and with the awarding body AQA (the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) to develop an Anthropology A-level. The Anthropology A-level is accredited by the national regulator Ofqual and is now being offered in schools and colleges throughout Britain. Visit this website for more information on the Anthropology A-level. In February 2015, The awarding body of Anthropology A-level announced that they "are not planning to develop a new A-level Anthropology qualification under government changes to A-levels". To read the many signatures on the petition to Save Anthropology A Level click here.  To read the official Feb 2015 RAI statement click here.

The RAI’s Discover Anthropology education programme aims to 1) provide good quality accessible information for students considering studying anthropology at university 2) to create a series of regular events and activities for young people and teachers and 3) produce resources for teachers that draw upon the insights of anthropology. 

From 2005-2006 the programme was funded through the AimHigher National Activity programme. From 2007-2010 the programme was funded by the Economics and Social Research Council.

Please visit our dedicated website Discover Anthropology, follow @DiscoverAnthro on Twitter and take a look at the website for London Anthropology Day.

For more information please contact our Education and Communications Officer.