English Language and History: Curriculum

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) English and (b) History on the national curriculum is (i) relevant, (ii) modern and (iii) interesting for students.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The new national curriculum, first taught in maintained schools from September 2014, was developed in consultation with subject experts, teachers and with regard to international best practice comparisons. These new programmes of study are more rigorous in preparing pupils for the high expectations of working life.

The history curriculum sets out core knowledge within a clear chronological framework, ensuring pupils are taught history in a way that helps them understand the development of the modern world in reference to key historical events.

The English national curriculum and GCSE syllabuses aims to teach pupils to develop a love of reading. Pupils study our rich literary heritage, from Shakespeare through to modern authors, and also read a range of works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

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