Simon Creasey

Tes talks to…Akala

The rapper, campaigner and founder of the Hip-hop Shakespeare Company tells Simon Creasey why he feels young people are being failed by education policy and a national curriculum that are not fit for purpose

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At the age of 7, Kingslee Daley was in a special educational needs group for children who did not speak English. This was odd for multiple reasons. For one, Daley was born and bred in Archway, North London. For another, he spent a lot of his time at that stage in his life reading books such as The Lord of the Rings, which were aimed at much older age groups. And he read these books in English.

“When my Mum found out and confronted them [the school] about it, the first thing my teacher said was, ‘I admit to doing all these things, but it isn’t because he’s black’,” he explains. “But my mum hadn ...

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