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Government Answers Calls To Teach More About Black History, Cultural Change & Migration

Mon Nov 01 2021

Government plans to widen conversations of diversity with publication of new model history curriculum.

Plans for a model history curriculum have been confirmed by schools minister Robin Walker, with plans to enrich learning about “migration, cultural change and the contributions made by different communities”.

Subject expert Christine Counsell has helped developed the curriculum, after Nick Gibb – Walker’s predecessor – made plans to build a curriculum around diversity.

There have been calls for schools to teach more about black history, and so the government’s plans to take steps to develop such a curriculum have followed.

Walker told a debate organised to mark Black History Month:

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We will work with history curriculum experts, historians and school leaders to develop a model history curriculum that will stand as an exemplar of a knowledge-rich, coherent approach to teaching history.

Robin Walker - Schools Minister

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This isn’t the first of such curriculums to be published, as earlier this year the government released a similar non-statutory model curriculum for music.

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Diversity would be an important aspect of the model history curriculum, as we demonstrate how the content, themes and eras of the national curriculum can be brought to life by teaching them in an interconnected form throughout key stages. A diverse history can be taught because history is diverse. As so many members have said today: black history is British history. The curriculum would equip teachers and leaders to teach migration, cultural change and the contributions made by different communities to science, art, culture and society We will announce further details in due course, but I am pleased to show our commitment to high quality teaching in this debate.

Robin Walker, Schools Minister

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