The government believes that as part of a broad and balanced curriculum pupils should learn about different cultures and about how different groups have contributed to the development of Britain. The content and structure of the history curriculum provides scope for black history to be covered. However, this is not prescribed in detail within the statutory programmes of study.
Schools have the flexibility to deal with these topics in ways that are appropriate and sensitive to the needs of their pupils. In Key Stage 1 Rosa Parks and Mary Seacole are listed as examples of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. And Benin is given as an example civilization. However, schools are not required by law to teach these examples.
Schools which currently include black history in lessons or who would like to include black history in their lessons should raise awareness of the campaign within their schools.
Training and resources are required if teachers are to undertake a new subject. Making the subject mandatory secures training and resources, which means schools are no longer forced to use untrained teachers or voluntary helpers, such as parents, to cover this subject in the future. Schools will know they are giving children the best access to information as is available.
Parents and Teachers associations or Friends groups can raise awareness of the campaign by informing parents of the campaign using email, letters or text messages.