Black History Month - Teacher Resources

Black History Month takes place every October. You can use this collection of resources to explore black history, heritage, culture and achievements with your class.

Below you'll find content suitable for use with both primary and secondary school pupils. Each resource is accompanied by teacher notes to aid classroom use.

For teachers, you can read this article by Josiah Isles, an assistant headteacher who has written about his experiences within the education system as a black teacher in the UK.

We also have a new series of short films for teachers about being an ally to your students from black, South Asian and mixed heritage backgrounds.

You can also catch up on our panel discussion programme, Beyond Black History Month, in partnership with TES. This programme was originally broadcast live on 21 October 2020 and features ideas and best practice around teaching black and diverse histories and experiences.

Primary

Black British Stories
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The life of Mary Seacole
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Watch again: Literacy Live Lesson 3 for 7-11 year-olds
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The life and work of Rosa Parks
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The life and work of Harriet Tubman
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Pablo Fanque – The greatest Victorian showman
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The life and work of Florence Price
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The life and work of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
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School Radio - The memory of Dr Martin Luther King's speech
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School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about Rosa Parks
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School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about Mary Seacole
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School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about Dr Martin Luther King
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School Radio - KS2 assembly framework about the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement
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Secondary

Uprising
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Subnormal - A British Scandal
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Black Power - A British Story of Resistance
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The Colour of my Skin - Real stories of racism in the UK
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Small Axe
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Stephen: The murder that changed a nation
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What made WW1 a truly global war?
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Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners
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Migration
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Immigration to London from Ghana and Jamaica
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'Checking Out Me History' by John Agard
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The American Civil War
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The origins of blues and ragtime
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Nelson Mandela - Freedom fighter and South Africa's first black president
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Dr Martin Luther King - American Civil Rights leader
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Maggie Aderin-Pocock: Becoming a space scientist
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Ronnie Ochero: Becoming a games artist
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Aiyshat Akanbi: Becoming a fashion stylist
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Ade Adepitan: Becoming a Paralympic champion
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Christine Ohuruogu: Becoming an Olympic champion
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Across the BBC

Dads and daughters discuss history and identity
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Horrible Histories - Black History Month
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Watch again: Authors Live - Catherine Johnson
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What was the slave trade?
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Newsround special on US protests and racism (9 June 2020)
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BBC Radio 1xtra celebrates Black History Month
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