During the summer, I received hundreds of emails from constituents who raised their concerns about the lack of diversity in our national curriculum. I share these concerns and wrote to the Secretary of State for Education. You can see his response above.

I am clear that it is vital our curriculum reflects the rich diversity and history of our country. The contribution of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities must be celebrated in schools. I am also clear that we have a responsibility to teach the truth about our colonial past.

I’ve been working with my frontbench Labour colleagues, including Keir Starmer and our London Mayor Sadiq Khan, to press the Government to support a curriculum that reflects the rich diversity of our country.

I’m proud that in Hackney we celebrate our diverse history year-round. However as part of this year's Black History Season, Hackney Council has prepared a programme of events to highlight the rich history of African and Caribbean culture within our borough. See here for more information