16 years ago, Patrick Vernon OBE launched the first 100 Great Black Britons campaign to ensure the continued legacy and achievements of Black people in Britain. In 2019 Patrick launched a new campaign with the results being published later this year.
In the light of the COVID-19 crisis and with many schools closed we are launching the 100 Great Black Britons home school competition open to all age groups. This competition, sponsored by The National Education Union (NEU), the largest education union in Europe, is a fantastic way for children and young people to learn more about the legacy and achievements of Black people in Britain and how they helped shape our country.
“The current crisis has highlighted the centrality of Black people in Britain, to the NHS and care work, transport systems, food supplies, utilities, research, education and so much more. The NEU supports this competition to celebrate what we have always known that Britain’s history is irrefutably rooted in Black and global history and that our members do a fantastic job in teaching this. It will be a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of their work and that of their pupils”.
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, NEU
They can work on their own or as “virtual” teams with friends and family. To help we are also adding teaching resources to this website to support home schooling, and we are inviting people to add their own resources to share with others.
“Teaching about our history, equality and diversity to promote a fully inclusive atmosphere in schools should be embedded into daily life in schools. The goal is always to celebrate festivals and events such as black history month to highlight and embrace our community and not to make up for what is often forgotten and overlooked.”
Niparun Nessa, Secondary Teacher and Equalities Campaigner
Teaching resources to support home learning
We have pull together a range of school resources in conjunction with our partners that teachers and parents may use for home schooling and for the competition. But we also need your help to create a wide range of resources. Upload your resources and share with others.
All these resources can be linked to subject areas covered by the National Curriculum in KS1; KS2; KS3 and KS4. They can be used to teach pupils and students about Black British History and the development of a multicultural Britain.See Resources