Geography is set to be a lost subject;Letter;News and opinion

10th December 1999 at 00:00
THE NEGATIVE impact of the literacy hour on geography teaching (TES, November 26) did not come as a surprise to the Geographical Association.

For example, a survey of 37 Kent junior schools by one of our members has shown that in 1997-98 the least amount of time allocated to geography was seven hours per term.

However, in 1998-99, one in five schools allocated six hours or less per term to geography.

Curriculum 2000 cannot be delivered with such a time allocation.

We urge the Qualification and Curriculum Authority to include in its guidance to schools a clear statement of the amount of time needed to teach the new programme of study.

Keith Grimwade


Education standing committee

The Geographical Association

160 Solly Street


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