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Qualified history teachers 'disappearing'

13/09/2010 Joanna
A survey carried out by the Historical Association has revealed that many teachers are concerned about the lack of qualified history teachers employed in their schools.

Of those polled, 60 per cent said they are concerned about the growth of non-specialist teaching in Key Stage 3.

Rebecca Sullivan, chief executive of the Historical Association, commented: "Ministers talk about [history's] importance and yet we see a completely different story happening in our schools - the rate of increase for limiting specialist teachers is particularly concerning."

The study revealed that 25 per cent of academies now merge history with other humanities subjects to teach generic skills.

"In some school pupils will only receive one year of history by a specialist unless they take the GCSE," the organisation noted.

The Historical Association is an independent charity that supports the study of history and currently represents more than 6,000 members.

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