Featured Resource: Moving Here

Since September 2007 all schools have a duty to promote community cohesion. Every school - whatever its intake and wherever it is located - is responsible for educating children and young people who will live and work in a country which is diverse in terms of cultures, religions or beliefs, ethnicities and social backgrounds. This means that schools need to consider how to give their pupils opportunities to learn with, from and about those from different backgrounds.

Identity and cultural diversity, and the global dimension are key cross-curricular themes in the revised National Curriculum that help schools meet this duty and support diversity by creating opportunities to develop pupils' understanding and appreciation of the contributions made to our society by a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages; showing pupils how different communities can be united by shared values and common experiences, at a local, national and international level.

Moving Here has been selected as November's Featured Resource because of its potential to help teachers facilitate learning about diversity in the classroom. The site explores, records and illustrates why people came to England over the last 200 years and what their experiences were and continue to be.

The vision for Moving Here is:

- to overcome barriers to the direct involvement of minority ethnic groups in recording and documenting their own history of migration;

- to ensure that this history is passed on to the next generation through schools.

The website offers free access to an extensive online catalogue of material related to migration history from over 30 local, regional and national archives, libraries and museums, with the option for simple or advanced searches of over 200,000 items. This is particularly useful for History teachers in light of the new National Curriculum demand that original source and archive material be used in the classroom.

The Schools section of the site contains four modules, suitable for Key stages 2 & 3, exploring different parts of England's migration history: The Victorians; Britain Since 1948; The Holocaust; and People and Places. They are supported by a gallery of images, interactive activities and related stories that can be used to engage students with the material and get them thinking about primary sources of information. The school models were created by 5 partner organisations including the Museum of London; West Yorkshire Joint Archives Service, the National Archives, the Jewish Museum and the Royal Geographical Society.The Teachers section provides guidance on how to use the modules and the other sections of the Moving Here site.

These modules are designed to help students get a new perspective on diversity, explore how migrants have shaped British history, and tackle difficult topics sensitively. Each module has an overview and lesson plans as well as information about how to use the site for cross-curricular study. You'll also find useful background information about migration history, plus tips about how to conduct your own oral history project.

Moving Here has a number of really lovely features that can be navigated from the home page:

1. The Migration Histories gallery looks at the experiences of people from Caribbean, Jewish, South Asian and Irish communities, exploring common themes including: reasons for moving; journeys and arrival; reconnection with their (or their parents') country of origin. The site gives you access to documents, photographs, sound and film clips that tell the stories of migration selected by curators and researchers at archives and museums all over England. These incredible fragments of history are presented by specialist writers and historians and are available for you to search and download.

2. The Gallery presents some of the image highlights from the Moving Here catalogue. They are arranged by topic for you to explore and images can be downloaded or sent as an e-card.

3. The Stories section contains a diverse selection of written and oral stories of migration to the UK contributed by visitors to the site. A particularly nice feature is the opportunity offered for students to contribute their own stories for others to read, with the option to illustrate with images from the catalogue.

4. The Tracing Your Roots gallery will help and guide students through the many different ways you can find out when and how your family first came to England and where they settled. In easy-to-follow steps, this section: shows you how and where to start looking for information on your family; gives you connections to useful websites around the world to help in your search for your ancestors; showcases real case studies to learn from and follow; explains the online Moving Here catalogue and highlights the records you can search to look for a particular member of your family.


News articles on education and community cohesion:

Hands up if you know what community cohesion means, TES, 18 January 2008
Bring back sense of belonging, TES Cymru, 2 May 2008
We're having an identity crisis, Guardian, 29 September 2008
£4.68m funding puts schools in front line against extremism, Times Online, 8 October 2008

Other Community Cohesion resources in the Real Histories Directory:

Community Cohesion - Equal But Different
BBC Legacies Website
Black and Ethnic Minority Experience (BE-ME)
Black Presence in Britain
Connections Exhibition and Website
Journeys - Caribbean Stories
Scottish Jewish Archives Centre
Through My Eyes: Stories of Conflict, Belonging and Identity


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