History for All? Teaching Diverse Histories in British schools

26 November 2014

Policy background

Incorporating diversity into school based curricula is not a new development. Educationalists, academics and teachers have argued for the inclusion of diversity into an array of subject areas for many years. Whether posited as a means of fostering positive self-esteem and increased engagement for minority ethnic and migrant pupils, or as enriching existing, often mono-cultural lessons for all pupils, school based material developed to focus on the multicultural diversity within society has been taught in schools since the 1980s. Legislative advances – within the Race Relations Amendment Act (2001) requiring the active promotion of race equality in schools, and the current Equality Act (2010) – have provided legal support to arguments for the teaching of a culturally inclusive curriculum for all pupils. These historical processes have themselves been accompanied by much political and popular dissent, but many teachers in schools have nevertheless drawn on a wealth of educational resources to support the teaching of diversity, and specific organisations such as the Black and Asian Studies Network and the Schools History Project provide much professional support to teaching staff with this work.

Read the report: History for All? Teaching Diverse Histories in British Schools

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