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Geography is still thriving

Your headline "Joint exam plan to save subject" gives too negative a view of what is an opportunity to widen pupils' access to geography and history in an overcrowded post-14 curriculum.

Geography is still the highest ranking non-compulsory subject at GCSE:let us not forget that approximately a quarter of a million children choose to do it.

Over the last year the Government has introduced greater opportunities for teaching and learning geography and history as distinct disciplines with the humanities entitlement post-14 and inclusion in the specialist schools programme.

Dr Rita Gardner CBE

Director, The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7

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