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History Committee For Wales

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he has received the final report of the history committee for Wales; and if he will make a statement.

I am publishing the report of the national curriculum history committee for Wales today. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library.I am very grateful to the members of the committee, and to its chairman Professor Rees Davies, for the hard work they have undertaken in completing their task, and for the comprehensive report they have produced.The report sets out their recommendations for the history course for pupils from age five to 16 in the schools of Wales, and has been prepared in the light of the final report of the history working group which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science published on 3 April.The report is being distributed to local education authorities and maintained schools in Wales, and to other interested bodies. I shall publish later my proposals for attainment targets and programmes of study for history within the national curriculum in the schools of Wales. These will be subject to statutory consultation as required by the Education Reform Act 1988.