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Engaging with Empire

Reflective practice with Nazneen Ahmed Pathak and Sathnam Sanghera

Authors Nazneen Ahmed Pathak and Sathnam Sanghera discuss empire and how they approached the topic in their new children's books, City of Stolen Magic and Stolen History.

The Lit in Colour report published in 2021 revealed that both teacher knowledge and teacher confidence were barriers to teachers diversifying their curriculum and their discussions about colonialism, Empire, race, racism and representation in the English classroom. This resource is intended to support teachers to think about these complex concepts and how they can introduce them into their classroom teaching.


Audience: Middle grade teachers

Subject: English Language & Literature

Texts (fiction and non-fiction):  City of Stolen Magic and Stolen History

This reflective practice teaching resource will guide you through questions to ask yourself as a teacher engaging with the topic of Empire in your classroom. It can be done individually or with a group of teachers.

The questions are designed to be answered after watching the conversation between Nazneen Ahmed Pathak and Sathnam Sanghera.

What's in the pack?

- Nazneen Ahmed Pathak and Sathnam Sanghera Conversation video (see video below)

- Reflective questions PowerPoint

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Reflective practice: engaging with Empire

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More teaching resources on Empire

City of Stolen Magic (KS2/3)

Teaching resource on City of Stolen Magic by Nazneen Ahmed Pathak

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Stolen History (KS2/3)

Teaching resource on Stolen History by Sathnam Sanghera

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