Over the past few years, English Mastery and Ark Curriculum Plus more widely, have worked towards improving the equality, diversity and inclusion in English Mastery’s curriculum and training programmes.
As a programme designed for teachers by teachers, consultation and collaboration has been at the heart of our process. We began by canvassing all teachers over the programme at over 140 schools. We wanted to better understand how our community felt about the English Mastery curriculum. From this, we established our working party which has been instrumental in reviewing our current provision as well improving the scope of our curriculum.
This work has included addressing the complexities of fictional characters, such as the anti-Semitic portrayal of Fagin from Oliver Twist to the representation of Caliban in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. We are also delighted to introduce our brand-new unit ‘Small Island’ which offers an exciting opportunity for students to learn about the Windrush generation, colonialism and post WW2-Britain.
We have recently published a report detailing this work, with contributions from lots of Ark teachers and a foreword by award-winning children’s author, Patrice Lawrence.
Read the full report: Equality, diversity and inclusion in English Mastery
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