Dropping history will not be an option (UK)





ALL pupils would study British history up to the age of 16 under proposals being drawn up by the Conservatives.

As many as two-thirds of students abandon history at 14 but a future Tory government could make the subject compulsory for an extra two years.

Pupils would study 'our island story' between the ages of 11 and 16 with a special unit on the British Empire.

The aim is that they would leave school with a clear chronological understanding of history, having covered key topics such as the Romans, the Norman conquest, Magna Carta and the Act of Union.

The blueprint is contained in a report on history teaching commissioned by Shadow Education Secretary David Willetts. Drawn up by historian Sean Lang, it aims to teach national history while reflecting the country's cultural diversity.

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