The headteacher of Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ school in High Barnet has apologised after allowing a history lesson exercise to take place in which students were made to pretend to be slave traders back in October.
The Year Nine lesson consisted of a PowerPoint presentation, which was seen and reported by local paper Barnet Today, to highlight the POSITIVES of slavery which included “having an affair with a beautiful African slave girl.”
The lesson included using imaginary tools such as whips, manacles and iron brands and pupils were told to “capture as many slaves as possible.”
They were then allegedly encouraged to come up with business plans on how best to capture and imprison slaves.
Headteacher Kate Webster insisted that she had no idea of the lesson plan until one of the Year Nine students complained to her, which led to a complaint to African human rights organisation Ligali.
In a letter of apology to Ligali, Kate Webster wrote:
I apologise unreservedly for the distress and anguish caused to the student and her mother, as well as to you and others in your community who this material may have been shared with.
Kate Webster refused to comment on whether the teacher who conducted the lesson would be receiving disciplinary action and suggested that a full review of the school’s curriculum would be taking place.