November 2010
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End of modular exams and new history curriculum for 2014

As we expected, Gove isn’t hanging around. In a surge of activity, the irony of which seems lost on him, he is to de-centralise by saying we cannot any longer have modular examinations and he will outline, from Whitehall, how history should be taught. Expect the new curriculum to be introduced in 2014, just five years after the last!

Gove’s view on the likely nature of the history curriculum are taking shape. He hopes to publish soon. A recent exchange in the House gave us further insights.

The changes we are making to the national curriculum and to accountability, through the English baccalaureate, will ensure that history is taught as a proper subject, so that we can celebrate the distinguished role of these islands in the history of the world, from the role of the Royal Navy in putting down the slave trade, to the way in which, since 1688, this nation has been a beacon for liberty that others have sought to emulate. We will also ensure that it is taught in a way in which we can all take pride

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History is a vital part of children’s education. We will review the national curriculum to ensure that all children gain a secure knowledge of British history and the key events in world history. We will be announcing further details shortly. We are also exploring ways to encourage the study of history after the age of 14-for example, by giving recognition to pupils studying a broad range of subjects, including a humanity such as history, through the English baccalaureate.

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