Eclipse of history is not new to our primaries
Secondary-school heads of history will, I fear, be able to join primary headteachers and history co-ordinators who unhappily saw this period of curricular eclipse some while ago.
Note, though, that at the same time politicians claim they wish pupils to become engaged citizens, to access culture and to appreciate rights and responsibilities.
History is likely to be a central element in access to any such rich curriculum.
The Government needs, for a change, to take the long view and realise the importance of children accessing "the big ideas".
This is hardly the richest period of our curriculum history. Admiration for David Nicholls' warnings can only be joined with weary irritation: as the long view is likely to be yet again ignored.
The Historical Association Primary Committee
1 Greenside Avenue