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Black History Month: How teachers tackle this subject will reveal how far we've come

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

One school is teaching units on medieval African kingdoms and Islamic civilisations to help "decolonise the curriculum".

Josh Preye Garry is a secondary school teacher and deputy head of history in southwest London.

He has been given the chance to shake up what 11 to 14-year-olds learn about Britain's past in school.

Here, he explains that the way teachers tackle Black History Month is an indicator of how far we've managed to decolonise the curriculum.

Like my previous school, my current school are very forward thinking in providing me with the platform to decolonise the curriculum and have given me the responsibility of designing the one for Key Stage 3.

This looks at what all students from Years 7 to 9 will be taught.

We are still in the process of redesigning it, but I believe that our Key Stage 3 curriculum will be far more reflective of our demographic within the next two to four years.

We are planning on delivering units on Mansa Musa in the medieval African kingdoms, Islamic civilisations, migration to Britain, African Tudors and much more.

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