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Education Minister responds to Petitions Committee request for more information on diversity in the curriculum

29 April 2021

Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb MP has responded to a request from the Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee for more information on the Government’s position on diversity in the curriculum.

The Petitions Committee have published a response from Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb MP to a joint letter from the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees dated 9 March, which asked for further information on a range of issues relating to Black history and cultural diversity in the national curriculum.

In his response, Mr Gibb outlines the Government’s plans for improving support for teachers’ curriculum planning, teacher training reform, anti-bullying work, and commits to considering the recommendations from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

The 9 March letter from Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP and Women and Equalities Committee Chair Caroline Noakes MP followed evidence the Minister gave to the Committees on this issue in March. This session was held by the two Committees in response to a number of petitions calling for the national curriculum in England to be diversified and decolonised. 

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