MP backs plans for reformed history curriculum
KINGSWOOD MP Chris Skidmore has joined forces with prominent historians to back proposals for a reformed history curriculum in schools.
Education Secretary Michael Gove believes teaching more facts and events will ensure pupils develop a "connected narrative" of history.
Mr Skidmore coordinated a letter to The Times which said the "essential idea" was a welcome one.
The new curriculum will see children taught, in chronological order, about key figures in British history who were dropped from the syllabus by the last Labour government.
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Mr Skidmore, himself a historian, said: "Sadly many students are leaving education with gaping holes in basic historical knowledge."
Leading historians Niall Ferguson, Antony Beevor and David Starkey are among the letter's signatories.
But the plans have attracted criticism, with some history teachers branding them "bizarre".