Guidance on political impartiality in English classrooms ‘confusing’ say teachers’ unions

Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi warns against promoting contested theories as fact

New guidance on political impartiality in the classroom is confusing and likely to scare teachers in England away from tackling important subjects such as climate change and racism, according to education unions.

The guidance issued by the Department for Education says that recent historical events “which are particularly contentious and disputed”, such as “many topics relating to empire and imperialism”, should be taught “in a balanced manner”.

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