Racial and Cultural Awareness in Education on the Isle of Man

Closed 4 Jan 2021

Opened 7 Dec 2020

Feedback updated 21 May 2021

We asked

For stakeholder views with a view to updating the school curriculum in light of representations from the minorities community and others. We were keen to hear the views of the wider IOM public with regards to how matters of race are addressed within the School curricula. The responses would help to shape our work in this area with schools and wider agencies, as directed by COMIN in July 2020.

You said

No of Responses: 609

Of those responses 43.8% were parents/carers, 39.6% were pupils, and 16.6% were other interested parties

  • 71% of respondents said the correct age that should children begin to learn about racial awareness/discrimination, and the lives of ethnic minority peoples was either between 4 – 7 years old or that they should learn about these issues at all ages.
  • 65% of respondents said they had personally witnessed or experienced racism on the Isle of Man sometimes, fairly regularly or regularly.
  • When asked whether they believed the Island's population welcomes racial diversity and acceptance of other beliefs/cultures, 33% of respondents agreed and 43% disagreed.
  • In response to the question ‘In your opinion, should the Island adapt its school curriculum guidance with regards to ethnic minority people, their history, culture and customs?’ 63.5% respondents said we should. Only 10.6% said no.
  • When asked to respond to the statement - My learning experience of ethnic minority people and their history/culture in school is limited. 59% of respondents agreed and only 10% disagreed
  • When asked how important is to see minorities speakers/visitors come into schools and contribute to wider learning experiences, 62% of respondents felt this was very important or extremely important.
  • There were many detailed suggestions submitted to the question How could the Island's Education Service go about enhancing understanding of ethnic minorities people and their history, culture and customs?

We did

‘Enhancing education in respect of race, culture and ethnicity on the Isle of Man’ is an agreed DESC priority, with a terms of reference and project charter.

The Ethnic Minority Peoples Curriculum working group meets formally once a month, with the following workstreams

  • Consideration of the responses and suggestions for enhancing the curriculum in respect of race culture and ethnicity on the Island
  • Promoting and supporting the work of POC IOM with schools and the community
  • Collecting and co-constructing curriculum ideas for different key phases of education
  • Creating and sharing opportunities for school engagement in these areas with Manx National Heritage, the One World Centre and Culture Vannin.

The EMPC group now have a draft set of curriculum resources for all phases of education. This has been created in partnership with Manx based agencies and with the collaboration of Hackney Borough Council.

The group includes representation from the Education Service (DESC and School teachers), People of Colour (POC) IOM, the Hardy Commission, Manx National Heritage, the One World Centre and Culture Vannin.

Overview

We are seeking stakeholder views with a view to updating the school curriculum in light of representations from the minorities community and others.

Learning about ethnic minorities and their culture, lifestyles and other issues is currently covered in a wide variety of ways, and through various mediums and subjects in Island schools. At Primary school it is often covered thematically within wider topics looking at social, economic and wider cultural aspects of a place, person, or time period. At Secondary school minorities issues are often covered as part of Humanities subjects such as History, RE and Geography, or as part of Personal, Social, Health, Economic (PSHE) curricula. This survey will help DESC respond to heightened awareness of the Manx ethnic minority context, and wider context surrounding these issues globally.

 

Why we are consulting

The Department is interested in the views of the wider IOM public with regards to how matters of race are addressed within the School curricula. The responses will help to shape our work in this area with schools and wider agencies, as directed by COMIN in July 2020.
 

What happens next

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your response is valuable to us as we continue to improve standards of Education on the Isle of Man.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Students
  • Children & young people
  • Parents, carers and & guardians
  • Black & minority ethnic

Interests

  • Policies, strategies & plans
  • Education 16-19
  • Early years & primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Higher education