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English schools must not teach ‘white privilege’ as fact, government warns

Thursday 21st October 2021

Comments ahead of new guidance ‘simplistic and unhelpful’, say teaching unions

English schools should not teach “contested theories and opinions … such as white privilege” as fact, the government has said prior to the publication of new guidance outlining how teaching certain political issues could break the law.

Schools should avoid promoting “partisan political views” and must instead teach racial and social justice topics in a “balanced and factual manner”, according to the government’s official response to a report on the educational disadvantages faced by white working-class pupils published by the education committee in June.

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