Bourne Grammar School gains Lit in Colour Pioneer School status for diversity in English curriculum
Staff and pupils at a town school are celebrating an award recognising their commitment to diversity.
Bourne Grammar School in South Road was given ‘Lit in Colour Pioneer School’ status for including a text from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic writer in its English curriculum.
It is among only100 schools in the UK to have achieved this status.
Hattie Tomlinson, head of English at Bourne Grammar School said: “After the events of Black Lives Matter it came to the Department’s attention that our curriculum could play an instrumental role in addressing and challenging pre-existing prejudices and could be the ideal space for pupils to feel represented and heard in the texts that we study.
“We pledged to design a curriculum which allowed all pupils to feel like they could see aspects of their identities in the texts that we study.
“In pursuit of this, we overhauled our GCSE syllabus to include ‘The Empress’, by Tanika Gupta from January. It has already had an overwhelmingly positive impact on students, staff and parents.”
Research by Penguin and The Runnymede Trust found fewer than 1 per cent of pupils in England study a book by a writer of colour at GCSE. This compares with 34 per cent of school-age pupils who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic.
To recognise its diversity, Bourne Grammar School will receive a library of 300 Penguin books by Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, plus other books.
Headteacher Alastair Anderson said: “I am immensely proud of our pupils and our school for embracing the past, being active in the present and helping to shape the future.”