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Monday, October 15, 2012
History lessons are to be changed to give pupils a deeper understanding of key events and figures throughout the ages, according to national newspaper reports.
The current national curriculum history syllabus, which has been attacked for being too politically correct, is to be replaced with a new one being drawn up by education secretary Michael Gove.
The new syllabus is planned to include 200 key figures, such as Winston Churchill, and so we are asking you to take part in our quiz below to name 10 key figures through history.
Also in the new syllabus, children will learn a narrative about British history and key international developments, including the fall of the Roman Empire, the union that created Britain and the decline of its power.
Secondary school children aged between 11 and 14 will move on to 50 wider topics about the modern world, including Soviet-US relations and how they shaped the world, as well as the influence of immigration on British society.
The national curriculum review was launched in January 2011 but only drafts in primary school maths, English and science have been released.
The new primary and secondary curriculum documents currently being considered cover art and design, citizenship, English, geography, history and physical education. The education department has not commented on details of the drafts reported in national newspapers but has said they will be made public ‘in due course.’
• See how good your history knowledge is by taking part in our quiz about famous names throughout history.
• Also, share your memories of your school history lessons below.