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Schools Minister Nick Gibb responds to Ofsted's report on history in schools

Schools Minister Nick Gibb reacts to Ofsted's 'History for All' report on how history is taught in schools across England.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

In response to the publication of Ofsted’s report entitled ‘History for All’, Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:

It is worrying that Ofsted finds that many pupils lack a chronological understanding of history and are unable to make links between events. It is also a concern that secondary schools are squeezing history out of the curriculum or into general humanities courses. The facts, dates and narrative of history cannot be learnt in disparate chunks - without them we cannot compare, interpret or evaluate the past or draw lessons from them.

We are carrying out a root and branch reform of the national curriculum to set out the essential knowledge that children need, while leaving schools free to decide how to teach it. We are toughening up recruitment and training, attracting the brightest graduates, increasing the number of specialists, building a network of top class training schools, and transforming professional development throughout teachers’ careers. We have also introduced the English Baccalaureate so more pupils study the core academic GCSEs which we expect will lead to an increase in uptake of subjects like history.

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Published 13 March 2011