The Black Curriculum

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The Black Curriculum is a British community interest company,[1] founded in 2019, whose mission is "to address the lack of Black British history in the UK curriculum".[2]

History[edit]

Lavinia Stennett in 2020

The organisation was established in 2019 by Lavinya Stennett, who conceived the idea while studying for a degree in African Studies and Development Studies at SOAS University of London and reflecting on her own education in south London, where Black History Month covered slavery, Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement but had taught her little about Black British history.[3][4][5]

Report[edit]

In 2020 the group produced a report, written by Jason Arday, on the lack of black history in the current UK National Curriculum (for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).[6] The report "explores how the current History National Curriculum systematically omits the contribution of Black British history in favour of a dominant White, Eurocentric curriculum that fails to reflect our multi-ethnic and broadly diverse society".[7]

Government snub[edit]

They hoped to discuss the report with the Secretary of State for Education but their request for a meeting was rejected, the government stating that the existing curriculum was "broad, balanced and flexible, allowing schools to teach Black history".[8]

Black Lives Matter[edit]

The Black Curriculum was one of the two causes (the other being Bristol-based Cargo Classroom) chosen by Jen Reid to receive any profits if the statue of her by Marc Quinn, erected in Bristol in July 2020 on the plinth of the toppled statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, was ever sold.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Black Curriculum CIC:Company number 12033713". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Companies House. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Our aims". The Black Curriculum. Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  3. ^ "The Black Curriculum: Former SOAS student calls for more diversity in education". SOAS Blog. 9 June 2020. Archived from the original on 18 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  4. ^ Weale, Sally (8 January 2020). "Black British history 'missing from school curricula in England'". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  5. ^ "The Black Curriculum: Meet the woman bringing black British history to schools". CBBC Newsround. BBC. 2 July 2020. Archived from the original on 16 July 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  6. ^ "The Black Curriculum report on the teaching of Black History". Diversity UK. 23 June 2020. Archived from the original on 17 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Our latest report". The Black Curriculum. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  8. ^ "The UK Govt Has Denied A Request From The Black Curriculum To Meet & Discuss Reforms". Bustle. Archived from the original on 17 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  9. ^ "A joint statement from Marc Quinn and Jen Reid". Marc Quinn. Archived from the original on 17 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.

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