Decolonising the curriculum: a case study

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This case study was written by Michelle Mangal, The Black Curriculum. As you read this case study, reflect on how some of the principles might be applied to your own school’s curriculum.   ‘Decolonisation can be conceptualised as a mental process of changing beliefs and thought processes, rejecting a dominant belief of how the world functions and replacing it with an alternative.’ (Deschner and Hurst 2018)   Classrooms across the UK are full of students from different countries, races, and cultures. Many curriculums do not reflect this rich diversity, instead focusing on Western examples of history, of writing, of art, maintaining an outmoded Eurocentric curriculum. We need a fair and full display of history reflected in our teachings that mirrors the racial and cultural composition of modern Britain. When they fail to do this, curricula fall short of engaging and inspiring the diverse student bodies they aim to educate. Decolonisation within education can empower all student

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    Philippa McManus

    This is so useful, thank you for the 6 reflection points at the end. I have been considering recently how to de-colonise my teaching, but felt a bit lost and overwhelmed at first – so having this to guide me has been so helpful.

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    Sarah Mulleady

    I like the message in this article of working with pupils to increase representation within the curriculum, to make it culturally responsive and add extra meaning for pupils. The concluding tips to guide you when you begin thinking about how to tackle decolonising the curriculum are very helpful!

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