Module 1: Defining decolonisation
This is the first in a series of six short online courses about decolonising and diversifying the curriculum.
Learn about this series of courses:
Content in these modules has been developed by, and with feedback from, a range of expert teachers, leaders and researchers. The courses will support you to increase your knowledge of the multiplicity of British histories and identities, select literature and resources that foster belonging, address the perspectives represented in the curriculum, consider how lenses that decolonise and diversify can be applied to the curriculum, and have confident conversations with pupils about race.
Decolonising and diversifying the curriculum is a lifetime endeavour that involves significant critical reflection, learning and action. These modules are designed as a starting point and not the answer. We intend for your learning on this course to be a catalyst for further growth and development. Each of the modules will signpost you to further learning sources and engage you in considering future actions. As an organisation, we recognise the need to continue our own learning in this space and we commit to revisiting the content of these modules regularly.
As a practising teacher or leader who’s already invested in, or beginning to consider, decolonising and diversifying your curriculum, we hope that these modules will provide a space for you to reflect on your decision making and approaches, and engage in dialogue with other educators before planning next steps for your practice.
What will you learn in this short online course?
By the end of this first module, you’ll be able to define key terms related to decolonising the curriculum to inform your work and you’ll be able to describe key misconceptions and barriers that affect engagement with this work. Finally, you’ll begin to articulate why this work is important for you and your pupils.