The British government has launched a consultation regarding inequality within the UK. This will then be used to “adapt” the school curriculum.
The survey must be responded to via email with answers provided to the government to adapt the current school curriculum.
At present, it lacks explorative pathways to help students understand the role of the British empire in colonialism and the cruelties it carried out.
Some of the worst atrocities carried out by the British Empire include famines in India, concentration camps in South Africa during the Boer war, the Amritsar massacre, the Mau Mau uprising and the Atlantic slave trade each accounting for hundreds and thousands of deaths. But the unfortunate number as a result of colonialism reaches into the millions. At present, none of these topics are taught in schools.
A current lack of light on the subject has opened doorways for racist and xenophobic abuse of British people of colour and a lack of perspective on world affairs is leading to uninformed opinions on global politics.
Today, nearly 50% of religious hate crimes are carried out against Muslims with race hate crimes doubling since 2012. The police recorded more than 78,000 in 2018/19.
The consultation questions are below. Once finished, you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org along with:
- Your name
- Your organisation (if you are responding on their behalf) and your role there
- Details of the questions you are answering – please write the question number above each answer
- What do you consider to be the main causes of racial and ethnic disparities in the UK, and why?
- What could be done to improve representation, retention and progression opportunities for people of different ethnic backgrounds in public sector workforces (for example, in education, healthcare or policing)?
- How could the educational performance of school children across different ethnic and socio-economic status groups be improved?
- How should the school curriculum adapt in response to the ethnic diversity of the country?
- How can the ways young people (in particular those aged 16 to 24 years) find out about and access education, training and employment opportunities be improved?
- Which inequalities in health outcomes of people in different racial and ethnic groups are not (wholly) explained by inequalities in underlying determinants of health (for example, education, occupation or income)?
- How could inequalities in the health outcomes of people in different ethnic groups be addressed by government, public bodies, the private sector, and communities?
- What could be done to enhance community relations and perceptions of the police?
- What do you consider to be the main causes of the disparities in crime between people in different racial and ethnic groups, and why?
- Can you suggest other ways in which racial and ethnic disparities in the UK could be addressed? In particular, is there evidence of where specific initiatives or interventions have resulted in positive outcomes? Are there any measures which have been counterproductive and why?