editorial 10:- November 2019

The first issue of the school year comes a bit later this time, accounting for the new writers we have gained, especially in the younger years with the, newly named, Microscope (I’m sorry I couldn’t resist).

Our budding younger writers have attempted to crack Brexit, yet again, and they were actually able to meet their deadline unlike a certain government… Elsewhere, the likelihood of a robotic insurrection has been explored, as well as the exciting new Cricket venture that has unfortunately turned into an unhealthy snack advertising paradise.

With our older writers, the unrest and dissent in Hong Kong has been covered, as well as Northern Ireland’s groundbreaking development regarding abortion rights. On the Science end, one of our writers has researched the revolutionary, yet complicated, use of Stem Cells to treat Alzheimer’s.

Entertainment sees all three articles tackling controversial and sensitive topics, such as Manic Pixie Dream Girls and a review of Joker, touching on its connections to the incel movement. Languages offers a Spanish and a German article, covering a strange combination of Siestas and Tennis.

This is our tenth issue (cue confetti) and I am very glad and thankful to all the writers and readers who have continued to support this project, which continues to share young people’s passions, interests and opinions.

Thank you and, as always, enjoy reading,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor


EDITORIAL 9:- July 2019

It’s nearly the end of another school year, but it couldn’t end without another issue of Scope.

Some of our most engaging issues look at the terrifying issues of Climate Change and of Private military Contractors. More controversial topics include the Caster Semenya debate and Facebook’s new, and risky, currency.

One of our younger writers looks at the dangers of viral challenges and elsewhere, one of the world’s largest mysteries is explored. On the entertainment side, stop your Avengers crying and read the new Spider-man review, as well as some of 2019’s best film and TV you may have missed.

Scope has only grown this year and that’s all thanks to those who continue to read and show interest. And of course, this website wouldn’t exist without the enthusiasm and drive of the writers who continue to want to share their passions and interests.

We look forward to coming back in October, with another issue, new writers and new and exciting ideas.

Thank you, and enjoy reading,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor



Exams, exams and more exams…it’s that time of year. Hopefully, this smaller, yet equally engaging issue can distract from the upcoming fate of stress most of us face.

We take a look at Africa’s emergence as a superpower and the constraints it still faces and also an insight into the hard work of this year’s Global Teacher Prize winner - a heart-warming news story, something which is frankly endangered these days. One of our resident linguists has produced both a German and a French article on some…unique topics.

Literature isn’t taking a year-long break as usual and is back with a repeeling of A Clockwork Orange (sadly, I can’t take credit for that pun) and in honour of World Book Day, one of our writers has shared some of her favourite and most impactful books. Both of this issue’s entertainment articles give interesting industry perspectives on two of this year’s most popular films and TV shows.

On the Science side, we look at the genius behind Thermal Actuation as well as a half scientific, half historical take on HIV. One of our writers also gives us a philosophical insight into the core ethics behind medicine.

Our younger writers look at the perpetual rivalry between Apple and Samsung and give us their view on Brexit - at least someone knows what’s going on.

There won’t be an article next half term due to exams, but we all thank you deeply once again and hope you enjoy reading.

See you in July,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor


editorial 7:- february 2019

Issue 7 marks the coldest and most depressing month of the year…so hopefully our articles are able to pacify some of your mid-academic year blues.

From Ethiopia to Behavioural Economics, there’s thankfully no Brexit in sight for once. Instead, we’ve decided to focus on the less mind-numbing things, including an historical Japanese heist and asking whether Thomas Hardy really was a Feminist, as well as honouring J.D. Salinger’s centenary.

I’ve decided to spread my Oscar’s misery and complain for about 9 pages and we also have an insight into the chaos ensuing in Venezuela.

On the Science side, our true philosopher debates with Maths’ legitimacy in reality…you can guess whether a conclusive judgement is made or not. Read about how you can live forever through Cryonics and we have also written an interesting study into the science behind learning.

Our younger writers have produced articles on the future of reading and Trump and we also have some inspiring photography from Laos.

The Scope team is ever expanding and I can proudly say that we have writers from more than four schools which is very exciting and we will continue to deliver quality articles on our passions.

Thank you from me and the whole of the Scope team.

Enjoy reading,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor



It’s nearly the end of a very long term and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without another issue of Scope.

We are very proud to release a large collaborative article on Feminism, that after some months of procrastination, has finally seen the light of day. This article explores different sides of the idea but in the modern day, and discusses the results from the Feminism survey put out to QE, that so many of you kindly participated in.

This issue also marks the start of Young Scope which encourages younger writers to tackle topics they are interested in and passionate about and helps to develop who will be the future of writing. They have been hard at work for the past couple of weeks, so I am very pleased to finally show you what they’ve produced.

However, this is still a normal Scope issue, and on top of all of that, our regular writers continue to produce a wide range of content. Brexit’s back (and somehow worse than when we discussed it last time). Novelty history is covered as always with the Shortest War Ever as is Awards’ season, looking at one of its front runners. One of our writers gives us a terrifying peak into Cyber-Attacks, and another, a thought provoking look at Nigeria’s future. We even managed to fit Online Gaming in.

The Scope Team and I thank you once again for reading the content we are passionate about. Have a great Christmas and see you next year.

Enjoy reading,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor



A new year of school has arrived, and for many of us that means the passing of back-breaking exams. But we’re back for another issue and I’m very excited to open, what I (modestly) think, is our best issue yet.

This issue covers a whole breadth of different subjects, from exploring the Psychology behind Being Normal, to the Science of Caffeine. For the humanities oriented, we have many articles such as one exploring the famous Finnish marksman dubbed ‘White Death’, and the literature section has seen a resurgence, exploring whether Feminism is Still a Relevant Narrative in 21st Century Literature. The linguists are hard at work once again, presenting a variety of French, German and Spanish issues in their respective languages. More photos from our budding photographers have been added, showcasing some spectacular views from Iceland and Edinburgh. And of course, it would not be a complete Scope issue without mentioning the impending doom of Brexit a couple of times.

The site has seen a couple of changes. The Politics section has been merged into the Current Affairs section, there being very large overlap between the two. Look out for some articles from our younger Scope contributors very soon and the weekly digests will also restart with this issue.

Thank you, once again, from me and the whole of the Scope team and you’ll be seeing us again before the end of the year.

Enjoy reading,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor


Editorial 4: - mARCH 2018

This editorial brings the end to an exciting run of months in which our writers have been able to show you what they love and are interested in. We are all very proud of what our hard work has been able to achieve and I want to personally thank all the writers and anyone who helped Scope come to fruition. But we need to thank you, the reader first and foremost as without your continued support and interest to read the articles on offer, this website would not be possible. So thank you.

This issue is as exciting as ever, including a look into the potential threat of AI and an Obituary for Stephen Hawking. The languages section has articles in an amazing three different languages and thought-provoking topics such as the conflict in South Sudan and the Berlin conference are also covered.

As well as the continuing Economics and Politics Digests, this issue also introduces the Photography section, in which talented photographers showcase some of their work and amazing shots.

With the dread of exams being a rather imposing theme this year, Scope will most likely not have an issue until September, later this year. However make sure to keep coming back as the digests will carry on for some time, as well as the odd article. 

All that is to say is thank you once again from the whole team at Scope and we hope you enjoy this issue.

See you in the new school year,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor


Editorial 3:- february 2018

This editorial comes after the exciting response to Issue 2, especially to the introduction of inter-school collaboration.

This editorial also prefaces an exciting third issue which sees its writers delve into more engaging and inspiring topics than ever.

The collaborative article on Israel and Palestine informs on the endless struggle in that region, whilst an article focusing on the Repeating Nature of Discrimination presents a thought-provoking analysis, especially in light of the Time's Up campaign.

Other articles such as the War over Football and another discussing whether Birds can Use Fire are sure to surprise, and a frightening article is included for men, debating the legitimacy of Man Flu.

Starting next week, a weekly Politics Round-Up is to begin, providing an accessible source to catch up on the seemingly more tumultuous goings on in the Politics world.

The whole writing team and I have exciting plans for Scope's future and we sincerely hope you savour this issue.

I hope you enjoy,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor


Editorial 2:- December 2017

The whole writing team was extremely pleased with the tremendous reaction that the first issue of Scope received.

Now, the second issue has been released, marking the start of collaboration with other schools, namely fellow writers from NLCS.

Articles have been written collaboratively such as one exploring the Origins of Thanksgiving Traditions and another debating whether religion will become obsolete.

This issue also introduced the languages category in which articles explore the use of languages and some have even been written in foreign languages!

Other articles include a thought-provoking look into the Myanmar Crisis as well an insight into the brutal Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

Once again, I hope you enjoy,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor


Editorial 1:- Who are we? 

Scope is an online publication written by students, delivering articles on subjects that they are passionate about for you to read.

The name embodies what this venture is about as it covers a wide array of topics, from current affairs to film and psychology to technology, there being something for everyone to read.

'Scope' presents a wide array of opinions, something which will come more into focus in subsequent issues. 

This issue includes engaging and thought-provoking articles such as 'How Humans would React to an Alien Arrival' and 'The Contreversial removal of DACA in America', informative ones such as 'The German Election 2017' and ones on some of your other favourite interests such as an analysis of 'IT', as well as much more to offer. Our very talented team of writers have worked very hard to deliver a comprehensive and authentic issue.

I hope you enjoy reading,

Ryan Ratnam - Chief Editor