CARGO – Key Stage 2 & 3 Black History Resources for Teachers (FREE)
We’re delighted to flag up these stunning, FREE resources for primary and secondary teachers, to diversify the KS2-3 History curriculum; the creators would welcome feedback on how you’ve used them in your school! There is also a linked FutureLearn course available here.
Roy Hackett – A Life Remembered
The life of Bristol civil rights hero, Roy Hackett, will be remembered on Friday 16th Sept 2022 as Bristol acknowledges the sad passing of a local historical figure – and one of the organisers of the 1963 Bristol bus boycott, which helped usher in the Race Relations Act.
Details of the funeral cortege can be found here: herehttps://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/news/funeral-of-roy-hackett-set-to-bring-streets-to-a-standstill/
New Blog on School Exclusions & Ethnicity by Feyisa Demie
‘Our findings indicated that ethnic and SEN disparities were caused by multiple factors, including teachers’ low expectations, institutional racism, stereotyping, unconscious bias, poverty and lack of diversity.’
How well do you understand our Muslim community in Bristol?
As part of Bristol City Council’s Race and the City 2 events, an excellent webinar was held on 9th December 2021 (attended by our director, Catherine), entitled ‘A Spotlight on Muslims in Bristol and their Diversity’. Hosted by the Bristol Muslim Strategic Leadership Group (BMSLG), their website provides a range of useful resources, free for all to use and share.
We would particularly recommend their updated and informative booklet ‘Muslims in Bristol and Britain’.
- Posters of BAME women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths here and here
- Race equality books here
Britain’s first female Black Headteacher – Yvonne Connolly, RIP
We were very sad to hear of the recent death of Yvonne Connolly, who featured in our Autumn 2020 Better Bilingual e-newsletter – described as a “remarkable trailblazing educator and a wonderfully supportive woman” by former Times Education Supplement editor, Ann Mroz. Read more here:
Black Lives Matter
As schools do their best to support pupils and families to understand and manage the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd in the US, Better Bilingual would like to highlight some new and historic resources to help with the #BLM agenda. Check out this BME page regularly for a variety of recommended Race Equality resources to use with children and families.
Parents’ Guide to Black Lives Matter –
This highly recommended guide includes ‘Resources, Activities and Tips for Families to empower children to work towards racial equality’. It could be equally useful for supporting teachers and school leaders as well as parents and carers.
Black Lives Matter: 500 Words Competition 2020
How did your school or organisation celebrate Black History Month 2020, in this historic year for Black Lives Matter? Stephen and Catherine participated as judges in the annual BBC Radio 2 500 Words Competition which this year asked for contributions inspired by Black Lives Matter. If your school participated, we’d love to hear feedback on how the children engaged with this.
Black History Month – Recommended resources for schools from October 2020
Perhaps you’ve embedded diversity into your school curriculum all year round (the ideal!) or you plan to use some Black History Month resources at other times. A few of the resources we love and recommend from this year are:
- A fascinating 4-minute video about Yvonne Connolly who became Britain’s first female black headteacher in 1969
- A detailed Guardian article about our very own local hero, Paul Stephenson, organiser of the Bristol Bus Boycott
Whether for a teaching focus on history, autobiography or equality – or for a staff training session, perhaps – we recommend both of these excellent resources for encouraging reflection and sparking useful debates.