How to Teach GCSE Black History

Saturday 12 August 10am

Black authors of school text books are very rare. At this half day seminar, two of them will present on, and have conversations about ,the recent GCSE History text book which they both worked on.

The ‘Pearson GCSE (9-1) Edexcel History Migrants in Britain Student Book’ is ground-breaking. This exam textbook, introduces Black British Civil Rights at GCSE level for the first time. The book is part based on our Notting Hill Black History Walk. It sold out its first print run and is increasingly being used in schools across the country.

Joshua Garry, Deputy Head at a West London school and Tony Warner, Director of Black History Walks, will discuss their research and input into publications that support the teaching and learning of Black history at secondary school and will explore the broader context of Black history in the curriculum.

The session will cover:

  • Resources: books,walks,talks and films
  • How the text has been received in school by pupils, teachers and parents
  • Decolonising the curriculum
  • Engaging pupils and Marcus Garvey
  • Progress in schools since the 1970s
  • African Kingdoms
  • Success stories against the odds

This seminar will be a highly informative and useful session that supports teachers and educators CPD. It will also be of great interest to academics in the field,parents and for anyone interested in supporting greater inclusion of Black history in our schools.

About the speakers:

Joshua Preye Garry

Head of Department at Park View School.Pearson GCSE Examiner.Pearson Author for Edexcel history GCSE Migration Through Time.Fellow with the Historical Association for work on the teaching of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Winner of the National Diversity Awards Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion & Faith. Consultant for Reteach. Msc Oxford University

Tony Warner established Black History Walks in 2007. BHW explores the thousands of years of African/Caribbean history in London via 15 guided walks, bus tours, river cruises, talks, films and courses. Black History Walks has featured on BBC, ITV, Arise TV, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Time Out and Channel 4. Tony has written and presented documentaries for Teachers TV; Conde Nast Traveller listed BHW in their Best 15 walks in London in 2018; and in 2011 the Guardian put them in their Top Ten walks.

Tony is the co-founder and chair of the African Odysseys programme. This grassroots initiative has been screening African diaspora films plus Q&As, on a monthly basis at the British Film Institute’s Southbank cinema for 15 years. It is the only such programme in the country and has shown thousands of films to tens of thousands of people.

In 2020 he was part of Jacaranda Books unprecedented initiative to publish 20 Black British authors in one year, Twenty in 2020. ‘Black History Walks in London Volume 1’ was delayed by the pandemic and comes out this October.

In 2021, he was selected as the first ever Activist in Residence at University College London’s Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation. As such, he curated numerous events such as ‘Books, Violence and Resistance’, ‘Trailblazers of Black Theatre’, ‘The Superb Success of Saturday Schools’ and ‘African history at the Tower of London’ etc.

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