I believe it is important for young people in this country to learn about Black history as part of a balanced curriculum. I am therefore pleased that all schools have the freedom to teach it from primary school age onwards, as part of the history curriculum. I am aware that schools have flexibility over how they teach this subject and which resources to use from a range of organisations and sources, including the Black Curriculum if they choose.
The national curriculum also provides many opportunities for pupils to be taught about different societies and how different groups have contributed to the development of Britain. This can of course include the voices and experiences of black people. This is not confined to history lessons, but can also be discussed in subjects such as English and citizenship.
I strongly condemn racism in all its forms, and I am appalled by the discrimination experienced by many from a BAME background. This has no place in our communities and we all have a part to play in tackling it. The wealth of diversity across our country is something to be celebrated, so I am pleased that the national curriculum allows us to do that.