UK Ministers Reject BAME Review Of English Curriculum

UK Ministers Reject BAME Review Of English Curriculum

Schools minister have rejected a proposal by cross-party MPs for more black input and diversity to be added into the history syllabus.

As a result of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, there have been numerous calls from activists groups calling for a review to add more black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) history to the English national curriculum. However, these calls have reportedly been turned down by the government.

However, Nick Gibb, the schools minister, has said there were no plans to hold a review of the syllabus following a letter demanding that black historians and leaders be asked to offer revisions to what is taught which has been signed by 30 cross-party politicians.

In response to this letter, Gibb has commented on the vital role of education in tackling inequality, and said that the Department for Education had been discussing BAME history with different organisations.

The joint general secretary of the National Education Union, Dr Mary Bousted, has said that the curriculum must be improved. 

The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise, has suggested that black history be taught through topics such as the pre-colonial black presence in Britain and 21st-century geopolitics, including migration patterns and deportation.