Unauthorised letter to parents asked them to send pupils in dressed in ‘dirty and worn out’ clothes as part of Black History Month

The headteacher of a primary school has apologised after an unauthorised letter was sent to parents suggesting children should come to school dressed as slaves as part of Black History Month celebrations.

Parents and carers of pupils in a class at St Winefride’s Catholic primary school in Newham, east London, were asked to send children dressed in “dirty and worn out” clothes for a special assembly.

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