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Black History Month

British Black History at Rathfern Primary School

Our school’s curriculum is designed to reflect and celebrate our local community’s culture and history; making it relevant, affirming, broad and balanced. We empower all our pupils by explicitly exploring the role that key black people and others have played in challenging racism and thus shaping a more just and equitable world today. We believe it is essential that these teachings are consistent throughout each and every year of your child’s learning journey. We strongly believe that the teaching of black British history should not be designated to a single month.

At Rathfern Primary School we recognise the fundamental importance of celebrating and teaching British black histories.

By decolonising our curriculum, we explore and challenge the shared assumptions, conscious and unconscious bias which create a deficit view of people and communities of colour. These assumptions  justified the expansion of colonial rule in Asia, Africa and the Middle East until the mid-twentieth century, through dehumanising and oppressing non-white peoples. We teach balanced histories that depict the achievements of non-European civilizations, alongside the achievements of Western civilizations so that children can see a range of diversity in legacies that are evident today.

Our curriculum empowers our students to critically examine the key factors which have contributed to shaping our diverse community. We examine the origins of our long-established Afro-Caribbean communities through developing children’s historical knowledge of key events that have created the communities of London today by explaining the causes and consequences of immigration.

From our Mayor

The Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan has published a statement on behalf of Lewisham Council in response to the killing of George Floyd in the United States. You can read the full statement here.

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At Rathfern we stand together to condemn the unlawful murder of an innocent black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis.

We stand united in our commitment to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination.