A Brit neglected

23rd February 2007 at 00:00
History is being marginalised in schools because lessons are not relevant enough, Ofsted's history adviser believes.

Paul Armitage is concerned that just over 30 per cent of 14- to 16-year-olds now study the subject. He warned an Institute of Historical Research conference that pupils were being taught English rather than British history and that the stories of immigrant communities were being neglected.

"It is important that the curriculum does change and not just for the 30 per cent who go on to to take history at key stage 4," he said.

"If somebody is going to be a plumber going out meeting and working in different communities it might help if they had some understanding of their history."

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