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Campaign for History

Chris Wrigley, President of the Historical Association, tells of the new campaign to make history freely available to all who wish to study it.

Over the next eighteen months the government will settle the place of history within the National Curriculum for several years. Widespread and legitimate concerns that the curriculum is overloaded, and the demand – taken up by politicians – that more time should be devoted to improving literacy and numeracy in primary schools, have had the effect of placing history and geography under threat. In secondary schools pupils are often denied access to the full range of humanities subjects at GCSE level, so that history seems set to end up being compulsory only for those between the ages of eleven and fourteen. The case for history to be freely available to all who wish to study it is being made with vigour by the Campaign for History, launched earlier this year by the Historical Association.

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