Dropping history will not be an option (UK)

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ALL pupils would study British history up to the age of 16 under proposals being drawn up by the Conservatives.

As many as two-thirds of students abandon history at 14 but a future Tory government could make the subject compulsory for an extra two years.

Pupils would study 'our island story' between the ages of 11 and 16 with a special unit on the British Empire.

The aim is that they would leave school with a clear chronological understanding of history, having covered key topics such as the Romans, the Norman conquest, Magna Carta and the Act of Union.

The blueprint is contained in a report on history teaching commissioned by Shadow Education Secretary David Willetts. Drawn up by historian Sean Lang, it aims to teach national history while reflecting the country's cultural diversity.

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