Along with other ethnic minorities, Black Caribbean students continue to be amongst the
poorest achieving groups in English schools. Additionally, black history remains significantly
underrepresented in the English National Curriculum. This dissertation project researched
whether introducing more black history into the English National Curriculum could be a
strategy for increasing academic satisfaction and reducing underachievement of Black
The documentary review examined the central theme of knowledge and power and the aims
and values of the current National Curriculum for England. It also explored Critical Race
Theory (CRT), specifically applying the concepts of interest-convergence and interestdivergence to the National Curriculum and the role of ‘acting white’ in black underachievement.
Finally, the documentary review also examined the impact of social media and TV and
explored how they were utilised in the portrayal of the black community.
A cross-sectional design approach was used to gather views from a subsection of the Black
community. The findings from the semi-structured, conversational interviews were applied to
theory and used to inform the recommendations made in the conclusion.
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