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Dear Department for Education,

Why isn't British Atlantic slavery required teaching at any point on the curriculum?
- At present "Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition is a non-statutory subject within KS3" is suggested under the topic of 'Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901' as a non-statutory example, but why is it not statutory if it is considered to be a important part of Britain's past?

How many schools choose to educate about British Atlantic slavery?

Yours faithfully,
Dan Braham

Department for Education

Dear Mr Braham

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015/0002404.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Mr Braham,
 
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 23
February. You asked:

 

“Why isn't British Atlantic slavery required teaching at any point on the
curriculum?  At present "Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects
and its eventual abolition is a non-statutory subject within KS3" is
suggested under the topic of 'Ideas, political power, industry and empire:
Britain, 1745-1901' as a non-statutory example, but why is it not
statutory if it is considered to be a important part of Britain's past?

How many schools choose to educate about British Atlantic slavery?”

 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Information on the number of schools who choose to educate about British
Atlantic slavery is neither collected nor held by this Department.

 

Specifically on the new history curriculum, I would advise that following
extensive consultation, the new national curriculum, which came into
effect in all maintained primary and secondary schools from September
2014, was published in September 2013.  It can be found at the following
link:  http://tinyurl.com/oh9swhp

 

The new programmes of study for history have been slimmed down, and it has
been made clear where content is included as optional guidance rather than
a legal requirement.  As part of a broad and balanced curriculum, pupils
should learn about different cultures, and about how different groups have
contributed to the development of Britain. The content and structure of
the new history curriculum provides scope for Britain’s transatlantic
slave trade, as well as black history to be covered, however, the
government does not prescribe all of this in detail within the statutory
programmes of study. Instead, schools and teachers are given the
flexibility to deal with these topics in ways that are appropriate and
sensitive to the needs of their pupils.

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number below in any future communications.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter.  Your complaint will be considered by
an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request.  
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2015/0002404. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[1]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine Schollar
Curriculum and Standards Division
[email address]
[2]www.gov.uk/dfe

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