Thank you for contacting me about Black history being taught in schools. This matter is important so I have written to the Minister in the Department of Education directly and the response will be posted on this website.
I believe it is important for young people in this country to learn about Black history. I understand that all schools have the freedom to teach it from primary school age onwards, as part of the history curriculum. Schools have flexibility over how they teach this subject and which resources to use from a range of organisations and sources.
I am also encouraged that the national curriculum provides a number of opportunities for pupils to be taught about different societies and how different groups have contributed to the development of Britain, and that this can include the voices and experience of Black people. This can happen in history, but also in subjects such as English and citizenship.
I understand that despite the inclusion in the National Curriculum you think the subject is “woefully neglected”. I am sure that bringing this to the attention of the Minister will impress on the Department the importance that you attach to this area of teaching.
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
Chesham and Amersham
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