2020-11-19 17:31

BAME teaching 'focuses too much on slavery', report finds EFn世界播



A group has looked into how the contributions of BAME communities will be reflected in Wales' new curriculum EFn世界播


There is too much focus on slavery and colonialism in teaching resources about black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) themes, according to a new report. EFn世界播


A working group, established by the Welsh Government, found "major gaps" in resources to support the teaching of BAME themes across the curriculum. EFn世界播


It said health and well-being, maths, and science and technology were particularly lacking. EFn世界播


The Welsh Government said it would consider the recommendations in detail. EFn世界播


The group, chaired by Charlotte Williams from Bangor University, was established in July to look at how the contributions of BAME communities would be reflected in the new curriculum being rolled out from 2022. EFn世界播

该小组由班戈大学(Bangor University)的夏洛特·威廉姆斯(Charlotte Williams)担任主席,于今年7月成立,旨在研究BAME社区的贡献将如何反映在2022年开始推出的新课程中。EFn世界播

Its interim report focuses on the resources currently available to support teaching, ahead of a final report which will assess the training and support needed by teachers. EFn世界播


The report calls for a change to "the narrative around the teaching of black, Asian and minority ethnic themes", and for the emphasis on issues such as slavery and colonialism to be balanced by resources focused on "the wider histories of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in Wales". EFn世界播


It said focusing only on negative events in history could lead to BAME children having a negative sense of themselves. EFn世界播


A review of Hwb - the Welsh Government's database of teaching resources - identified only 11 resources with a black history focus. The majority were "outdated, lacking in supporting material for teachers, and of little relevance to Wales". EFn世界播


The group also raised concerns about the quality of translations in Welsh. EFn世界播


Understanding BAME history EFn世界播


The report said the autonomy schools will have in deciding content under the new curriculum for Wales meant there was a risk that BAME themes would be marginalised. EFn世界播


"There is no statutory requirement to teach specific topics of central understanding to the histories of racism and diversity, for example, the histories of slavery or the Holocaust. This is of concern," the report said. EFn世界播


It added the new curriculum's focus on cynefin, the local area, "may not be helpful" in areas with few pupils from BAME backgrounds, where the "history is not regarded as part of the local environment". EFn世界播



The report found "major gaps" in resources EFn世界播


Though there are significant regional variations in the percentage of Welsh pupils identifying as being from minority ethnic backgrounds, ranging from 34.4% in Cardiff schools to 4.1% in Anglesey, the report said there was ethnic diversity to be seen in all parts of Wales. EFn世界播


Education Minister Kirsty Williams welcomed the "challenges identified and potential solutions" in the report. EFn世界播


She said a national network of teachers and other key figures in education would help to identify gaps in resources, in order to make sure schools get the right support to implement the new curriculum. EFn世界播


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