Jacobite flag for history

14th February 1997 at 00:00
The Education Minister will take the unusual step today (Friday) of helping to launch a curriculum paper on the place of Scottish history in the school timetable.

Raymond Robertson has chosen the Jacobite Room at Edinburgh Castle to associate himself with a subject that Michael Forsyth, the Scottish Secretary, has attempted to make his own in his continuing efforts to "de-Anglicise" the Conservatives' image in Scotland.

Mr Forsyth has asked the incoming Scottish Qualifications Authority to investigate the feasibility of having a special Standard grade in Scottish history. But a discussion paper issued by the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum pointedly avoids being pulled into that controversy.

It agrees, however, that the place of Scottish history must be made more secure after the 5-14 stages, when only 35 per cent of the year group carry on into S3.

The paper is expected to call for pupils to be exposed to a "map of the past" up to the age of 14, with draft frameworks showing how Scottish history can be incorporated into environmental studies. Additionally the council is proposing an "enhanced profile" for Scottish history from S3-S6, but without any compulsion.

The council is determined to maintain a balance between local, Scottish, British, European and global history.

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