Teach social justice and black history across curriculum, union says

Social justice and black history should be taught across whole school curriculum to prevent incidents like Child Q strip-search scandal, teaching union says

  • The National Education Union (NEU) has said schools should teach ‘social justice’ and black history across the whole UK national curriculum
  • The union did so after it emerged a black schoolgirl was wrongly strip-searched
  • New Government guidance which mandates ‘political impartiality’ in schools
  • NEU said it intends to distribute its own guidance to its 500,000 members, which will ‘support’ them to teach ‘issues of social justice’ 

Schools must teach ‘social justice’ and embed black history across the whole curriculum, the largest teaching union said yesterday.

The National Education Union (NEU) said it would prevent further incidents like the one involving Child Q, a black schoolgirl who was wrongly strip-searched.

At its annual conference, the union rallied against new Government guidance which mandates ‘political impartiality’ in schools.

It said it was ‘not possible’ to present a balanced view of imperialism, colonialism and racism in the classroom.

The NEU resolved to distribute its own guidance to its 500,000 members, which will ‘support’ them to teach ‘issues of social justice’.

In addition, it will lobby ministers to force all schools to use materials and resources which reflect the ‘black contribution to society’.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has repeatedly been dragged into rows over the UK school curriculum, saying pupils should not be taught a one-sided view of history. Schools must teach ‘social justice’ and embed black history across the whole curriculum, said the National Education Union

The union believes black perspectives should be embedded in every subject – not just history – as part of its drive to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum.

A motion on Child Q said the union extended its ‘full solidarity’ to her and added: ‘This humiliating and degrading sexist and racist treatment must not be repeated.

The education system as a whole must be decolonised before it can truly be anti-racist.’

Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary, said: ‘The curriculum must look to the future, but to do this it must speak accurately about the past in relation to black British history and about Britain’s colonial past.’

It comes after schools were accused of indoctrinating children with Left-wing ideology by pushing a ‘woke’ agenda.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi intervened in February, issuing guidance saying pupils should not be taught a one-sided view of history and current affairs.

However, delegates vowed to fight it in a series of motions passed at yesterday’s conference in Bournemouth.

One motion accused the Government of ‘censoring educators’ and ‘suppressing critical debate about topics such as imperialism and empire.’

It committed the NEU to ‘issue union guidance on teaching issues of social justice in schools, which supports members.’

The National Education Union has called on the government to take action after it emerged a black schoolgirl who was wrongly strip-searched. The NEU advocates teaching social justice in schools to prevent similar episodes

The union will also lobby exam boards to show diversity in course content and test papers.

Earlier this year, education watchdog Ofsted failed a private school, the American School in London, in an inspection after it imposed a ‘woke’ agenda which breached political impartiality rules.

Welbeck Primary in Nottingham has boasted about encouraging ten-year-olds to write letters criticising Boris Johnson.

And Brighton and Hove Council wanted teachers to tell children as young as seven they were not ‘racially innocent’ as part of divisive ‘white privilege’ lessons.

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