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Shakespeare in curriculum;Letter;Opinion

YOUR article "Blunkett's historical restoration" (TES, July 2) claims that the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority wanted "Shakespeare to be dropped from the compulsory study for 11 to 14-year-olds". This is not true.

The current national curriculum for English requires two Shakespeare plays to be studied during key stage 3 and 4. Shakespeare is tested at the end of key stage 3, guaranteeing that at least one play is studied. The QCA's advice on March 31 reaffirmed the requirements.

Dr Nick Tate Chief executive Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

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