Thank you for writing to me about the curriculum and Black history. I have read your email carefully and noted the key points that you raise.
I believe it is important for young people in this country to learn about Black history. I am therefore pleased that all schools have the freedom to teach it from primary school age onwards, as part of the history curriculum. I am aware that schools have flexibility over how they teach this subject and which resources to use from a range of organisations and sources, including the Black Curriculum if they choose.
The national curriculum provides a number of opportunities for pupils to be taught about different societies and how different groups have contributed to the development of Britain, and that this can include the voices and experience of Black people. This is so for history, but also subjects such as English and citizenship.
I am appalled by racism. It has no place in our communities and we all have a part to play in tackling it. The wealth of diversity across our country is something to be celebrated, and I am pleased that the national curriculum allows us to do exactly that.
For more information please see: https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/06/09/black-history-in-schools/
Thank you again for writing to me about this important matter.
With best wishes.
Jonathan Lord MP
Member of Parliament for Woking