Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
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  • Headteacher: Mr Andrew Pickering
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Talking to children about Race

At Horniman school we are committed to equality and diversity. 


We recognise that it is non enough to be not racist and that we have a duty to teach our children to be anti-racist.


We have diversity as one of our curriculum drivers and seek to celebrate difference and challenge prejudice through our curriculum. We are currently evaluating our curriculum to make it as inclusive as possible and develop a greater focus on black history and teaching children about the inequalities people of colour face today.


In the light of recent world wide protests prompted by the killing of George Floyd, while in police custody in the US,  it is a good opportunity to talk to your children about race, racism and white privilege.


Here are some resources that might help.


Please contact school if you would like any further advice.


A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory - you can watch a video of it here


How to talk to your children about race and racism - a BBC women's Hour guide 


How to Talk to Kids About Race - a short US video that highlights how you could talk to children about race


The Doll Test - a video recreating a famous psychological experiment which highlights some of the effects of racism on children


Books to share with your child


How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism - blog post from LittleBird 





Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.