We have collected together some teaching resources to facilitate learning for those who want to include the teaching of Partition – and other elements of South Asian History.

A report by TIDE and the Runnymede Trust exploring why teaching migration, belonging, and empire matters; what is currently available and what is missing on the curriculum; the barriers faced by teachers in grappling with sensitive topics and recommendations for change.

‘Never set eyes on the land’ is an arts project by Nutkhut exploring the partition of India through a public engagement programme across London in 2018. This is a toolkit designed for KS2 and KS3 teachers to accompany British Values, English, History and Drama-based activities.

A resource pack for teachers, students and researchers based on the award-winning ‘Child of the Divide’ play by Bhuchar Boulevard, in association with Big Imaginations, Partition History Project and Polka Theatre. It focuses primarily on creative, practical drama activities and literacy exercises that support the development of language and communication.

Bangla Stories tell stories of migrants who left Bengal after Independence in 1947 when the state was divided into West Bengal and East Pakistan. A KS3 teaching resource pack has been designed for teachers, youth workers and any other professionals interested in young people growing up in Britain. Although the resource pack is based on material from the Bangla Stories website, it is not aimed solely at young people of Bengali/Bangladeshi heritage as it is hoped that the themes, suggested research and projects will stimulate thought and discussion among students of all backgrounds.

Colourful Heritage is an organisation dedicated to capturing, celebrating and inspiring others in the history of the immense contribution of South Asian migrants and Muslims to Scotland over the past century. Explore the key features of this unique story in this resource pack, consisting of 5 units specially designed for Primary 6 and 7. Richly illustrated and complete with case studies, suggested lesson plans, discussion points and options for further reading, they each provide a self-contained learning unit, and a fantastic opportunity to teach children about a lesser-studied element of Scottish culture.  

Belle Vue Girls’ Academy is a member of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust group of schools. As a school with a majority South Asian heritage intake they have tried to incorporate relevant topics into their history curriculum for many years in an effort to help students contextualise their past and so appreciate the present. As part of this initiative a core unit of their A Level History offer is centred around India and the struggle for independence 1914-1948. Over the last few years they have been looking to adapt their Key Stage 3 offer to be more reflective of 21st century themes alongside the desire to broaden the education their girls’ receive and so fully prepare them to be the ‘women of tomorrow’. These resources on Partition are integrated into the Year 9 programme of study, and sit alongside similar units developed for Years 7 and 8 covering themes such as Powerful Women, African Civilizations and Holocaust Studies, which focuses on the Jews as people rather than as victims. They are constantly reviewing and rewriting their schemes of work but these resources reflect their current strategies and efforts. They hope that they might provide a starting point from which others can develop their own.


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We are continuously seeking out new resources and updating our collection for teachers and other educators to use. Please get in touch if you would like to share a resource with us!