The much-gossiped about new draft national curriculum for history has finally been published. It's only six-and-a-half pages and is simply a list of stuff that's happened in English history. Rightly, prominent historians have condemned it for its ‘little England’, facts-over-context character. Unlike some, I have no problem with the idea that history is about 'citizenship’, and I agree with the basic claim of the national curriculum that a sense of the ‘national’ past is an important part of that.
Dr Adam Smith (Access Officer & Senior Lecturer in History at UCL) shares his thoughts on the new National Curriculum