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History lessons being marginalised, says Ofsted

14/03/2011 Kelly

Education watchdog Ofsted has published a new report into the quality of history teaching.

Entitled History For All, it notes that in some schools pupils can stop studying the subject at the age of 13.

"England is unique in Europe in this respect. In almost all the countries of the European Union, it is compulsory to study history in some form in school until at least the ages of 15 or 16," Ofsted said.

"One of the most serious concerns about poor provision was the tendency for teachers to try to cover too much content and 'spoon-feed' students. As a result, teachers talked too much, lessons were rushed, opportunities for debate and reflection were missed, and students lost interest."

Responding to the report, schools minister Nick Gibb said it is worrying that many secondary schools are squeezing history out of the curriculum.

He added that the government has introduced the English baccalaureate to encourage more pupils to study core academic subjects at GCSE-level.

Posted by Danny Matthews

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