THE GUARDIAN: Black British history 'missing from school curricula in England'

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Release date: 8/1/2020

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Claire Alexander, professor of sociology at the University of Manchester, won a 2019 Guardian University Award for her work on the website Our Migration Story, which explores the stories of migrants who shaped Britain, to support new GCSEs developed by the OCR and AQA exam boards.

Alexander said: “My concern is the need to mainstream this across the curriculum. In the last few years the way history has been taught has been very narrow. Teachers feel their training is not sufficiently diverse. They are worried about saying the wrong thing.

“There’s a real need for more centralised support in making sure people know this is a really important question for young people and in supporting teachers in their training to teach these histories in a sensible way.”

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TitleBlack British history 'missing from school curricula in England'
Media name/outletThe Guardian
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/01/20
DescriptionClaire Alexander, professor of sociology at the University of Manchester, won a 2019 Guardian University Award for her work on the website Our Migration Story, which explores the stories of migrants who shaped Britain, to support new GCSEs developed by the OCR and AQA exam boards.

Alexander said: “My concern is the need to mainstream this across the curriculum. In the last few years the way history has been taught has been very narrow. Teachers feel their training is not sufficiently diverse. They are worried about saying the wrong thing.

“There’s a real need for more centralised support in making sure people know this is a really important question for young people and in supporting teachers in their training to teach these histories in a sensible way.”
URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/08/black-british-history-should-be-in-mainstream-says-campaigner
PersonsClaire Alexander