Thank you for contacting me about proposals to change school curricula and the history curriculum specifically to reflect the experiences of BAME communities.
It is important that children have the opportunity to learn about the full range of the influences that have made the UK and the world the way they are and the complex interactions between the forces and people who have shaped us. To be full citizens of a liberal and democratic society children and young people need to develop the skills, among others, of critical enquiry, evidentially sound independent thought and debate all underpinned by tolerance, respect for persons and respect for the rule of law.
To those ends, the national curriculum provides a number of opportunities for pupils to be taught about different societies and how different groups have contributed to the development of Britain. This can be in history and also in subjects such as English, music, art and citizenship.
Turning to educational outcomes, I am sure you will agree that the steady - indeed, in many cases, dramatic - progress being made by children from communities who were underperforming in school is very welcome and evidence that barriers to advancement are being overcome - with plenty still to do.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP