At Reach, the UK and Ireland’s largest publisher, we believe Black UK History shouldn’t be restricted to the month of October, but acknowledged all year, every year.
In 2013 the compulsory part of the national curriculum that said children in the UK must study the British history of colonisation and slavery was revoked.
GCSE exam data shows that although schools are permitted to teach Black history (non-compulsory), few of them actually do. A YouGov survey commissioned by footballer and anti-racism campaigner Troy Deeney revealed only 12% of teachers feel empowered to teach ‘optional’ Black-related topics.
We believe it’s time for change and want to take action.
Led by the Mirror’s campaign to make Black history a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, our national and regional brands across the UK have been sharing inspirational and important stories of Black people, past and present, and turned them into this easy to navigate online resource for readers and education providers.