Inclusive history curriculum – March 2022

So you will have a new “model history curriculum” by 2024 to equip you with the skills to lead lessons that cover “migration and cultural change”, the government announced today. The plan is part of the government’s response to last year’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report.

The response, published today, says the Department for Education “will work with history curriculum experts, historians and school leaders to develop a model history curriculum by 2024 that will stand as an exemplar for a knowledge-rich, coherent approach to the teaching of history”.

Here is the relevant part of the report relating to the history curriculum.

Recommendation 20: Making of modern Britain: teaching an inclusive curriculum

Produce high-quality teaching resources, through independent experts, to tell the multiple, nuanced stories of the contributions made by different groups that have made this country the one it is today.

Action 57

To help pupils understand the intertwined nature of British and global history, and their own place within it, the DfE will work with history curriculum experts, historians and school leaders to develop a Model History curriculum by 2024 that will stand as an exemplar for a knowledge-rich, coherent approach to the teaching of history.

The Model History Curriculum will support high-quality teaching and help teachers and schools to develop their own school curriculum fully using the flexibility and freedom of the history national curriculum and the breadth and depth of content it includes. The development of model, knowledge-rich curriculums continues the path of reform the government started in 2010.

Action 58

The DfE will actively seek out and signpost to schools suggested high-quality resources to support teaching all-year round on black history in readiness for Black History Month October 2022. This will help support schools to share the multiple, nuanced stories of the contributions made by different groups that have made this country the one it is today.

Ahead of this, we have, of course, already published our Black and British topic as a KS2 thematic unit. This is something users asked for so were pleased to be able to respond quickly. Already the unit of work has been downloaded 1,000 times. Why not have a look. You’ll find it here.

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