The Impact of Omission: A survey to investigate the extent to which British Imperial history is explored in the curriculum of compulsory education in the U.K.
Currently, it is not compulsory for primary or secondary school students to be educated on colonisation, slavery, or any of the other atrocities that Britain played an extremely significant role in. This is a quick survey made with the aim of gaining a clearer understanding of your experience and education as it pertains to British history.
This survey is only applicable to those educated within the U.K.
All responses are anonymous.
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Which age category do you fall in?
Which of the following best represents your racial or ethnic heritage? If it is none of these, please write it in the space provided as the final option.
White - English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British
White - European
White and Black Caribbean
White and Black African
White and Asian
Where in the U.K. were you taught?
Yorkshire and the Humber
Was your school religiously affiliated? If so, to which religion?
What is the highest level of education attainted by someone in your direct family?
GCSE or equivalent
A-level or equivalent
Higher National Diploma
Postgraduate degree (Masters/PhD etc)
Were you state educated or privately educated?
Which of the following were you educated on in depth as part of your curriculum - i.e. in a classroom setting (Select any that apply)?
The role of slavery in British industrialisation
The creation of the Church of England
British colonisation of America
The Battle of Hastings
British colonisation of Africa
The Great Fire of London
British colonisation of India
The Cold War
British colonisation of any other country
The bubonic plague
The Civil Rights Movement (For example Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks)
The fall of the Holy Roman Empire
Black culture including literature, art and music
The American Revolution
The role of BAME soldiers in World War I and World War II
Edward the Confessor
Indian independence and end of the Empire
The Norman Conquest
The development of the British Empire with a depth study (for example, of India)
The French Revolution
The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils: "gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’". During discussions of the British Empire in school, to what extent was the role of slavery discussed?
To a significant extent
To a limited extent
It was mentioned briefly
Not at all
What, if anything, would you like to have been educated more on during school?
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