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History: Curriculum

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policy considerations affected the decision to include the study of the second world war and Nazi holocaust in the key stage 3 history curriculum. (127323)

The two world wars and the Holocaust have been compulsory elements of the key stage 3 history curriculum since 1995. Pupils should study the causes and consequences of various conflicts including the two world wars and the Holocaust and develop an understanding of the changing nature of conflict over time and attempts to resolve conflict.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policy considerations affected the decision to include the study of the slave trade in the key stage three history curriculum. (127325)

Studying the nature and effects of the slave trade and its abolition will help pupils to understand the make up of the UK today and put immigration, the Commonwealth and the legacy of the empire into a clear historical context. The slave trade is already a suggested option for history teachers under the current curriculum.