Nazis retain their place in history for British 11-to-14s

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Lessons on the two world wars, the Holocaust, slavery, and the British Empire will be compulsory under a new [UK] curriculum published next month, The [Times Education Supplement] can reveal.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority officials have denied reports of a row with the Government over the content for 11 to 14-year-olds. But the extra emphasis given to the world wars and slavery in the latest drafts has followed public ministerial pressure.

The authority warned in 2005 that there was too much emphasis on Hitler in secondary history, a criticism that has also been made by historians and a former German ambassador to Britain.

A version of the curriculum presented to teachers at a seminar last summer specified study of the British Empire but made no mention of the world wars, the Holocaust or slavery.

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