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What is it?

As part of our commitment to building a more representative and inclusive history curriculum, in late 2020 we announced the addition of a new topic – ‘Migrants in Britain, c800-present and Notting Hill, c1948-c1970’, to our existing Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History specification. The new topic is ready for teaching from September 2021.

We want all learners to see themselves in the topics they study; to fi nd belonging, understanding, and value through representation, and to see our whole society fairly reflected.

This new topic provides an opportunity to:

  • Reflect the diverse student population in your school’s history curriculum
  • Encourage students to study history for longer by engaging them with more inclusive history that represents everyone
  • Help students understand that history has always been diverse, but that certain groups have been under-represented
  • Help students critically evaluate current and past events in Britain

Pearson has formed a new partnership with social enterprise The Black Curriculum, which will draw on its extensive expertise in supporting schools to deliver accessible Black British history curricula.

This will involve the creation of guidance, resources and training to empower teachers to teach confidently and effectively.

Pearson is also developing a new textbook, revision guide, workbook and set of digital teacher resources.

The teacher resources will be freely available via ActiveLearn until 30th April 2022 (standard price £115 + VAT) for a 1-year subscription.

They include student worksheets, lesson plans, teacher notes and presentations to get the most out of our ‘Thinking Historically’ and ‘Writing Historically’ pedagogies, among other materials.

“This is an invaluable opportunity to ensure the GCSE course we study is as representative of our students as we can make it.”

Amy Bennett
Harris Academy Sutton

Need to know

  1. Get up to speed with the topic at a time that suits you by watching the pre-recorded ‘Getting Ready to Teach Migration’ session presented by subject specialist, Katie Hall.
  2. Users are fully supported with comprehensive materials to help with planning, delivery and assessment, including a scheme of work, topic booklet and case study.
  3. Engage your students with a variety of fascinating case studies that provide a true reflection of diversity across the UK.

See it in action

To find out more, and to access the topic booklet, SAMs and pre-recorded ‘Getting Ready to Teach Migration’ session, click here.

For more information visit If you’re considering teaching this topic and would like to speak with us, let us know at the above address and we will get back to you.


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