On 4 July, TIDE and the Runnymede Trust presented their joint report on ‘Teaching Migration, Belonging and Empire in Secondary Schools’ at a panel discussion in the Houses of Parliament hosted and chaired by Dawn Butler MP. The report is based on a 2-year TIDE-Runnymde collaborative study, which included the TIDE Beacon Fellowship, an innovative programme of professional development for secondary school teachers. It highlights the importance of these subjects for the curriculum, evaluates the challenges faced by teachers and proposes a series of measures to improve and expand the teaching of migration, belonging, and empire. At a packed Committee Room, the three authors of the report, Kimberly McIntosh (Runnymede Trust), Nandini Das (TIDE) and Jason Todd (University of Oxford), together with two TIDE Beacon Fellows – Lauren Cowan (Alexandra Park School, Haringey) and Hannah Cusworth (Charter School East Dulwich) – and Helen Hayes MP discussed how the findings and recommendation of the report could contribute to the improvement of the National Curriculum. The presentations spawned a conversation with the audience on the different problems faced by teachers and the relevance of migration and empire to understand contemporary Britain.
The full report Teaching Migration, Belonging, and Empire in Secondary Schools is available here.