The myth of “proper” English – How the ban on Black British English continues a colonial tradition of linguistic injustice

By Oyin Makinde & Eve Doran Upon learning about the ‘language ban’ of Black British English (BBE) at Ark All Saints Academy, BLAM UK wrote an open letter detailing the harm caused by such practices and demanding the removal of it. In response, we received a short letter that ignored and misidentified language discrimination againstContinue reading “The myth of “proper” English – How the ban on Black British English continues a colonial tradition of linguistic injustice”

Campaign Update – Banning of Black British English at Ark All Saints Academy

On Monday 11th October we received a short letter from Principal Lucy Frame at Ark All Saints Academy in response to our open letter sent on 7th October. We were disappointed that the letter was generic and that it failed to respond to any of the points we raised in our detailed letter.  The Academy’sContinue reading “Campaign Update – Banning of Black British English at Ark All Saints Academy”

Press Release – BLAM Calls for the Immediate Reversal of a South London School’s Decision to Ban Black British English from the Classroom

Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health  http://www.blamuk.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER 2021 BLAM UK Press Release: Leading Black Organisation Calls for the Immediate Reversal of a South London School’s Decision to Ban Black British English from the classroom. A South London Secondary School, Ark All Saints Academy, has banned the use ofContinue reading “Press Release – BLAM Calls for the Immediate Reversal of a South London School’s Decision to Ban Black British English from the Classroom”

The historic significance of community-based collective action in decolonising education By Eve Doran

The discourse around decolonising education has been brought to the public stage in recent years. Activists, academics, educators, parents, and students alike have voiced their concerns about the whitewashing of British history and anti-Blackness in all levels of education.   An important early initiative towards the decolonising the curriculum movement as we know it today thatContinue reading “The historic significance of community-based collective action in decolonising education By Eve Doran”