Bell sounds for history

11th November 2005 at 00:00
Allowing pupils to drop history at the age of 14 can lead to a lack of breadth in their historical knowledge, the chief inspector of schools told MPs this week. David Bell, answering a question by the Commons education select committee, said: "If history is not compulsory post-14, what happens if children then drop history and say 'I am not interested' and 'It doesn't matter to me'?"

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