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Pupils in Wales will be taught about racism in new curriculum

New report says outlines schools are a “significant arena of change and critical in building ethical and informed citizens of the future”.

The Education minister Kirsty Williams has accepted all 51 recommendations of a new report, which advised on the teaching of themes and experiences relating to Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Pupils in Wales will be taught about racism and the experiences and contributions of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people under a new curriculum.

In its findings, the report stated that “education alone cannot put to right the systemic racial inequality that is evidenced and experienced in all social policy fields across Wales”.

But it added that schools were a “significant arena of change and critical in building the ethical and informed citizens of the future”.

The report was authored by a working group whose chair, Professor Charlotte Williams, described the work as “unprecedented and much needed”.

She hailed the review as representing “a ground-breaking trajectory in curriculum reform in Wales”.

The working group expressed concern that while learning about topics such as diversity, identity, justice and equality would be mandatory in schools under the new curriculum, there was no statutory requirement to teach “specific topics of central understanding to the histories of racism and diversity”.

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