Petition for the inclusion of black history in the curriculum

My name is Tia Smith, I’m 16 years old and I was born and brought up in West London. I have been subject to the covertly damaging lack of diversity in the British curriculum.

I’ve been working with my peers, Elizabeth and Layla to raise awareness through a petition for changes to be made to the school system to address racial issues in the UK which we hope you will share and support.


The UK education system, although addresing topics such as slavery and colonisation, has disregarded vast sections of my communities history for too long. Black students make up 23% of British state schools, and not only would they benefit from further representation through diverse authors and historical figures, but feel empowered to honour their legacy.

Reforming our education system means the country’s youth can experience a curriculum that encourages diversity, and gain a reference frame for cultures other than their own. We believe that the implications of this change will be widespread. This is not simply for our generation, but for the generations that follow. We would like our future children to grow up in a world that appreciates their culture, with friends that understand where they come from. Education is the key to creating a generational shift in our attitudes.

We believe that the value of education deserves to be upheld by those in power, we thank you for hearing our plea, and we hope you will acknowledge our requests.

We trust that the significant impact of representation, particularly on young children, is something that is kept in mind when addressing our petition.


I think that it is important black history is taught in all schools

All schools around the world should be taught Black history.

It’s definitely long overdue.

Completely agree !!!

Amazing work

Black history should be embedded into our school curriculum.

I agree with the above statement. As a child growing up in Bristol my schools taught about slavery, the empire and colonialism. The introduction since of the National Curriculum and it’s terrible omission of black history needs to change. I was shocked 10 years ago when speaking to my teenage children re the transatlantic slavery that they had been taught nothing about it at school. This is wrong.

This is crucial as part of the whole philosophy in equality and inclusion, plus identity for all Black students.


The moment has arrived, we must use it wisely, and use it #peacefully, as a catalyst for change to tackle racism, discrimination and inequality – wherever it is.

A Royal Commission into the slave trade, the full history, and its impact, should also be established – to ensure oversight for the future, and to make recommendations regarding all relevant aspects; including recommendations to ensure an appropriate curriculum for all children and young people is provided.

If you agree then please could you support this petition?

History should be about notable events, people and trends in world events. “Black” history does not merit such individual attention in the evolution of mankind and the developments of the knowledge that necessary to sustain a future of our species.


Countries need to be transparent about the past no matter how awful.

So should we also include India history? Pakistani history?
Jewish history?
These are all ethnic minorities that have seen poor treatment in the past and still do.
Should we then also have Jewish History month and the same for all the others? Or just stop making it all about colour or ethnicity?
Watch Morgan Freemans interview, one of the most successful people of all time. And yes I said people I did not call him black. See what he thinks about BHM,

It’s imperative that black history is taught across all aspects of the curriculum and in all schools with no exclusions.


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