World War I: Curriculum
Bob Russell (Colchester, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make it his policy that the history of the First World War forms part of the national curriculum during the four years of the commemoration of the centenary; and if he will make a statement.
Nick Gibb (Minister of State (Schools), Education; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative)
World war one is currently a compulsory part of the history curriculum in secondary schools. We are reviewing the national curriculum with the aim of focussing it on the body of essential knowledge in key subjects that all children need to learn. As part of the review we are considering which subjects, beyond English, mathematics, science and PE, should be part of the national curriculum in future and at which key stages.
As part of our national commemoration of the centenary of world war one we will encourage all children and young people to understand its significance as an important part of our historical and cultural inheritance.