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Cameron and Magna Carta

What price an Eton education? Not knowing what most state-educated Year 7 pupils could tell you in the blink of an eye,makes you wonder whether he was actually feigning ignorance- perhaps trying to be more pleb-like. Can he really even have failed to read Sellar and Teatmen’s clasic explanation of this constitutional document’s signficance- ‘the [...]

History EBC and the Mad Hatters tea party

Is it just me, or does the provision for 11-19 history seem to be in an even greater mess than usual. At a time when we STILL don’t know what is happening at A level (or when) or the much heralded Schama-approved KS3, we find that Gove has, at a stroke, signed the death warrant [...]

Putting GCSE history out of its misery

Today, 17th September, saw the much heralded announcement from Gove about the shape of new GCSEs. There are some interesting and bold decisions but also some woolliness too.

So what is he saying?

1. There will in future be JUST ONE EXAM BOARD for history, something I have been advocating for years.
“In each subject area only one exam [...]