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Nelson McCausland

Northern Ireland schools are poles apart in their cultural confidence when history is the subject

Nelson McCausland


Reticent controlled sector could learn a lesson from the much more assured maintained sector over teaching about past, says Nelson McCausland

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The history taught in state and Catholic-maintained schools here is markedly different

The history taught in state and Catholic-maintained schools here is markedly different

The history taught in state and Catholic-maintained schools here is markedly different

Schools will resume in some way or other in four weeks' time and a lot of the focus in education has been on the arrangements that need to be put in place. The need to address pupil underachievement has also been prioritised by the Education Minister.

However, it would be unfortunate if two recent interventions on the teaching of history in Northern Ireland schools were allowed to disappear into the basket marked 'yesterday's news'.

A study by the charity Parallel Histories identified differences in the teaching of history at GCSE level between the controlled and maintained school sectors.