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Practical Skills for Teaching Inclusive History: CARGO Classroom

Explore ways to improve the representation of people of African and African diaspora heritage drawing on 5,000 years of history.

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A grid of 15 colourful illustrations of different people who have contributed to Africa's history over a span of 5000 years.
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade


Discover how to create a more inclusive curriculum

Explore ways to help combat social injustices, readdress historic biases, and decolonise the curriculum by bringing to life the histories of individuals of African and African Diaspora Heritage.

By the end of this course, you’ll have the tools and knowledge to implement a diverse and inclusive curriculum for school, home-education or personal interest.

Equip yourself with the CARGO Classroom resources

Whether your inspiration to explore your curriculum is your students, community, Black History Month, or movements like Black Lives Matter, CARGO Classroom will help you on your journey.

CARGO Classroom’s focus is enrichment through education, redressing the imbalance of a Eurocentric curriculum by shining a light on the accomplishments, achievements and contributions of individuals who are often overlooked or misrepresented in history. The lessons use poetry, imagery and film to enhance the enjoyment of the learning experience.

Black history is world history. This course will help you to develop your competence and confidence when teaching African and African diaspora histories by sharing best practices through CARGO Classroom lessons and resources.

Explore the benefits of teaching African and African diaspora histories through real-life examples

Throughout the course, you’ll be introduced to different teachers and teaching students who all have a desire to enhance and diversify their curriculum.

You’ll hear their stories and how they are broadening their teaching, using CARGO classroom lessons and resources to teach African and African diaspora histories.

What topics will you cover?

  • CARGO Classroom’s materials and the principles that underpin their use for teaching African and African diaspora histories
  • Using poetry, art and imagery as a strategy for delivering engaging and inclusive histories
  • The importance of the language we use in our educational spaces and the way in which we frame the topics we are teaching
  • Practical approaches to using the materials, based on the experience of teachers and home-educators

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the importance of teaching African and African Diaspora histories
  • Reflect on your own experiences and attitudes regarding African and African Diaspora histories
  • Explore how and where teachers can develop their knowledge of African and African Diaspora histories
  • Identify where CARGO classroom lessons and resources can fit into a History curriculum
  • Apply CARGO Classroom Resources to teach African and African Diaspora histories

Who is the course for?

This course is designed primarily for school-based history teachers, especially those looking to offer a more diverse, representative, and decolonised curriculum.

It will also be of great interest to other practising and trainee teachers, educators, and teacher education providers.

Who will you learn with?

David Rawlings is a Senior Lecturer in Education and the History PGCE Subject Lead (Teacher Training) at the University of Bristol.
His research interests are in coloniality and history education.

Julia Paulson is a Professor of Education, Peace and Conflict at the University of Bristol.

She is the lead researcher for the Education, Justice and Memory Network.

I am a Poet, Educator and Co-Founder of CARGO Movement, a creative collective developing digital heritage resources for schools and the broader public.

Who developed the course?

University of Bristol

University of Bristol is one of the leading institutions among the UK’s Russell Group of universities and is recognised for its research and academic excellence.

CARGO (Charting African Resilience Generating Opportunities)

CARGO Classroom is the brainchild of poet Lawrence Hoo and creative director Chaz Golding, who use bespoke poetry, images, video and interactive content to bring to life the histories of individuals of African and African Diaspora Heritage.

Education, Justice and Memory Network (EdJAM)

Education Justice and Memory Network (EdJAM) is a network of researchers, educators and civil society organisations working in the arts, education and heritage. We are committed to creative ways to teach and learn about the violent past in order to build more just futures. EdJAM is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Funding (GCRF) Collective Programme.

What's included?

University of Bristol are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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