Pupils pilot project on ancestry

Students at a south east Northumberland high school will be learning more about their ancestry.

Bedlingtonshire Community High School is piloting a DNA ancestry project with 60 of its Year 10 students.

The national charity Show Racism the Red Card has received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to carry out the new project.

The programme looks at how personal ancestry testing may contribute to anti-racism education.

Using the story of the incredible human journey along with anti-racism education, students will be given the opportunity to consider notions of belonging, identity, British-ness and immigration.

The aim is to highlight and explore the complexity of heritage and identify through the use of personalised genetic history whether the ancestry tests contribute to the longer term effectiveness of anti-racism education.

The project will run from February to March next year, with DNA testing taking place this November.

Assistant headteacher Jamie Bell said he was delighted the school had been chosen for the project.

“We are proud to have been selected as the pilot school for this project and are pleased with the response from the Year 10 students,” he said.

“We have had over 100 students express an interest in this project.”