Windrush Day - 22 June
The arrival of the Empire Windrush is an iconic moment in Britain’s history. The ship and its passengers have come to represent generations of Caribbean migration to our country that has made our society richer and more diverse
Celebrating and commemorating Windrush Day on 22 June is a way to reflect our shared history.
Resources to help you talk with young children about race & to promote diversity in the early years
An online children's tv programm created by actor/producer Okezie Morro. Watch stories authored and read by African, Caribbean and African American authors. 'Written by us, read by us, for all.'
JoJo and Gran Gran
Created by Laura Henry-Allain. ‘In March, JoJo and Gran-Gran became the first animated show focused on a black British family to launch in the UK. In doing so, it has helped to offer a unique depiction of a familiar tale.’
An article entitled 'Blackness, animation and the norms: the importance of JoJo & Gran Gran' published in Operation Black Vote from April 2020 explains why this is such an important resource for children.Read article
A parent's guide to black lives matter
Islington Libraries Booklists
Islington Libraries have produced a number of booklists, amongst these is the Black British authors list which includes a number of authors who write for very young children;
A book list from Tinkergarten
24 books with black protagonists by black authors all kids should read.
Explaining BLM protests to young children
How to explain BLM protests to children using a Sesame Street YouTube clip
Persona Dolls UK
Persona Dolls offer training and resources to support you to raise equality and inclusion matters in your classroom.
Using the Persona Doll Approach:
- The focus is on fairness, equality and inclusion.
- Children’s communication and listening skills are developed.
- Persona Doll stories encourage empathy, critical thinking & problem solving.
- The Dolls are tools for implementing ‘British’ values and the Prevent Duty.
Talking to our class about the Black Lives Matter movement
A blog from an America teacher containing helpful reflections and advice on talking to young children about BLM.
Articles and podcasts about race and early years education
Actually, it does matter
Laura Henry-Allain, EY consultant, author and creator of children's book/tv series Jojo and Gran Gran writes in Nursery World how the "early years sector can be a force for change and make a lasting difference to how children view race."
Anti-racism in the early years
Kate Moxley fron 'Wellness for All' reflects on how to promote anti-racism in the early years
Standing in solidarity
Alexander Fernandez (Mr. Alex's Bookshelf) writes an insightful and thoughtful review of Ashok Banker's children's book 'I Am Brown' reminding us of why inclusive books are more important now than ever. "Through simple recitation, it illuminates who a Brown child is, can be, and will be..."
When you know better, you do better
Kate Moxley in conversation with Laura Henry-Allain
Resources for Schools
For more resources on Windrush and Black History please visit our schools Black Lives Matter webpage