When I started teaching, I taught in a vibrant, multi-cultural school with teachers from all ethnic backgrounds. An Irish head, a Pakistani deputy and leading black senior staff, all women. I never thought about it then, but it made a difference on how the curriculum was taught in that school – so much so, that we probably taught “Black History” a lot of the year.
A blog post by Hina Bokhari
It’s now been a month since we were shaken out of our lockdown stupors by the words which still resonate around the world - “I can’t breathe”. For many people, George Floyd’s final moments hammered home what our black brothers and sisters have been telling us for years. That Black people are more likely to be stopped and searched, more likely to earn less, more likely to be homeless and five times more likely to die in pregnancy. The status quo does not value Black lives, and this needs to change.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has made our Parliament a laughing stock and made a mockery of our democratic systems.
With only 50 MPs permitted in the Commons and virtual questions no longer allowed, Jacob Rees-Mogg is setting a dangerous precedent by blocking opportunity for full scrutiny. This is especially worrying for those Members unable to travel to Westminster for coronavirus-related reasons.
The decision to have phased school reopenings and send children back to primary school has been agonising for both teachers and parents. I want to wish all those involved lots of luck and a big thank you to Sutton Council and schools in Sutton for helping making this transition as smooth as possible.