Ways of making Key Stage 2 history culturally inclusive: A study of practice developed in Kirklees


By Lance Lewis, Helen Coxall, published 30th September 2001

Kirklees, West Yorkshire comprises Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley. There is a population of 300,000. Minority, ethnic pupils account for nearly 20%. Over the next decade it is predicted that there will be an increase in the number of pupils of Pakistani, Indian, African, African Caribbean and Chinese descent entering the school system, which will change the profile of the school population. Targeting both overt and covert racism, supporting English language acquisition for bilingual pupils, and broadening awareness of cultural diversity are policies already in place. However, in order to prevent disaffection and a sense of alienation from the educational system, which we can highlight as the major cause of under-achievement, especially amongst African Caribbean and Pakistani males, we are in Kirklees introducing a new strategy. We have in place training facilities and teaching aids to enable mainstream teachers to include crosscultural references in all subject areas. History is the area in which this strategy is particularly important and relevant which will be outlined in detail.

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