TROY DEENEY – WHERE’S MY HISTORY?
Birmingham City FC Captain, Troy Deeney’s high-profile campaign to make the teaching of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic histories and experiences mandatory in the school curriculum is featured in this sixty-minute documentary for Channel 4.
Frustrated by the lack of diversity taught in schools and the impact it is having on pupils, Deeney wrote an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education, set up a public petition – which has now surpassed 50,000 signatures - and commissioned a YouGov survey.
The YouGov survey of 1000 primary and secondary school teachers from across Britain found that only 12% of teachers said they felt empowered to teach ‘optional’ black related topics.
The documentary not only recounts Deeney’s own troubled schooling experiences with his family, but also meetings with prominent contributors such as boxer Anthony Joshua, actor David Harewood MBE, ex-footballer and pundit Micah Richards, musicians Big Narstie and DJ Cuppy and MP Layla Moran, as well as young activists campaigning for change, teachers and pupils in schools around the country and voices of strong opposing views.
Presenter: Troy Deeney
Director: Geoff Small
Executive Producer: Vanessa Van-Yeboah
Executive Producer: Rowan Wilkinson
Production Company: SBX Studios
Channel 4 - 60 mins