Sunday, September 25, 2011

History lessons 'squeezed out of crowded timetables': UK

Children’s grasp of history is under threat as schools cut the amount of lesson time devoted to the subject, ministers were warned today.

Research shows that rising numbers of pupils are receiving just two years of compulsory lessons during secondary education instead of the recommended three because of pressure on school timetables.

According to figures, many schools fail to offer history as a discreet subject at all – often merging it with geography to form generic “humanities” lessons.

It also emerged that some head teachers ban pupils from choosing history at GCSE-level amid fears they will fail to gain good grades – damaging schools’ league table rankings.

The disclosure is made in a study by the Historical Association that will raise fresh fears over the future of the subject in English state schools.

It follows the publication of separate figures this summer showing that the overall proportion of pupils studying the subject in state comprehensives dropped by almost a fifth under Labour. more