Black Lives Matterreading

Representations and Reflections Book Pack for Secondary Schools

Liverpool Learning Partnership has secured funding in order to provide 30 LLP member secondary schools with book packs featuring texts written by Black authors and featuring Black characters.

The global Black Lives Matter movement has raised many issues regarding inequality and discrimination, many of which are relevant within the education sector. Liverpool Learning Partnership has set up a working party to consider how the city’s schools could respond to these issues and concerns. The group includes representation from all age phases and aims to ensure a consistent approach to issues relating to race and racism across the sector. The group focuses on aspects of school policy as well as providing support and guidance regarding school curricula.

At the initial working party meeting, school representatives discussed the importance of young people feeling represented and reflected within the literature and media that they consume. Indeed, this reflects the voices of young people in Liverpool themselves. In June 2019 LLP ran a conference for children in Y5-8 relating to the representation of diverse groups. The young people attending expressed a need for further access in schools to books written by BAME authors, featuring BAME protagonists or showing BAME historical figures.

We will provide each participating secondary school with a pack of (approximately 12-15) books suitable for pupils in KS3. We will also provide access to a CPD video for teachers/librarians about representation of diversity (particularly regarding Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic characters and authors) in literature as well as a booklet featuring resources to use in class and further reading booklists. These resources are designed to support staff in embedding these texts into their work in school and to support conversations arising from the use of the books.

In order to sign up for one of these book packs, please complete the attached Google form.