Hi everyone, we’re the Digital Engagement Team at the House of Commons. We work to engage online communities with the work of the House, and to connect them to MPs. On Tuesday 18 June, Helen Hayes MP will lead a debate in Westminster Hall on teaching migration in the history curriculum. She wants to hear from teachers about their experiences and insights on the topic. She gave us a little more context for the debate: “Around 27% of state funded primary and secondary school pupils in England are from BAME communities. However, the history curriculum remains largely focused upon the history of the UK as an island nation. This treats other nations and communities as distinct and does not place emphasis on the internal racial and ethnic diversity of the UK. The Royal Historical Society finds that this has led to a low-up take of History for both school and university study by BAME students.” “The Runnymede Trust’s research finds that many teachers want to engage with these issues but feel they can’t due to a lack of training and confidence […] and the narrow space within the curriculum. This research also found that many teachers felt migration was not relevant to the demographic of their classes, despite our migration history impacting upon every aspect of modern British life.” What’s been your experience of teaching these topics? How has it affected your students’ perceptions of history as a discipline? Do you feel that have the space and confidence to teach them? Do you feel it would be relevant and worthwhile to give them a greater emphasis in the history curriculum? From your responses, we will create a brief for the MP which summarises the main points and includes quotes to illustrate them. Let us know your thoughts before midday on Monday 17 June for your chance to feed into the debate. We will post links to watch the debate and read the transcript when they become available. NOTE: Your username and any information or opinions you provide may be shared with Helen Hayes MP and used in a parliamentary debate which will be on the record and available on Parliament TV and Hansard. Please ensure that you are happy with your comment before sharing. Please see our online discussion rules.