Today from 2.30pm, the Petitions Committee will hear oral evidence about Black history and cultural diversity in the curriculum. Rosamund McNeil, Assistant General Secretary of the National Education Union, will speak on a panel which also features representatives of The Black Curriculum, the Historical Association and backers of recent Parliament.uk petitions.

Commenting ahead of the session, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“This is an important conversation. Over 400,000 signatures were added to the petitions which the Petitions Committee will hear evidence on today. This reflects a widespread desire that we must respond to the everyday racism experienced by Black students and make plans about how education can be part of that change. During Covid, and also afterwards, we've got to think better about what makes students feel connected or unconnected to their learning, positive or not about their future. We've got to talk actively about the deeply entrenched attitudes which underpin racism, within classrooms. There are good ideas in the country and excellent existing resources that the Government can harness. Part of the way forward is creating more time within school life for young people to talk about the social issues in local communities, so students can find their voice and develop a sense of agency about their future.”   

ENDS

Editor’s Note

Details of the meeting, which can be viewed live and on catch-up at Parliamentlive.tv, are available here: https://committees.parliament.uk/event/2492/formal-meeting-oral-evidence-session/

Petition, "Teach Britain's colonial past as part of the UK's compulsory curriculum": https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/324092?fbclid=IwAR0fumCO58TvDcABE5jEIsZkNNsPi3Jfj3oMgPBKFlzHGkUVRmyxfKpxuqY

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