World War I: Education

Education written question – answered on 22nd January 2014.

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Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to amend the provisions of the National Curriculum on (a) the causes of the First World War, (b) the quality of British generalship and (c) the reputation of Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig of Bemersyde; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Teaching about the first world war is covered in the new national curriculum programme of study for history at key stage 3, which will be taught from September 2014. The programme of study requires that pupils understand that different versions of past events may exist and why this is so. It is for schools to decide how they teach and what resources they use to support teaching of the first world war.

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