By Dr. Matthew Wilkinson
7th March 2013. As part of the current consultation process of the draft specification for History in which Curriculum for Cohesion is closely involved, Dr. Matthew Wilkinson attended the Westminster Education Forum debates to discuss the History and Geography draft specifications. It was clear that a consensus has emerged amongst the History teaching profession that the aims and purposes of the UK government’s draft History specification to provide all pupils with a detailed knowledge of the British national story are shared by almost all, and that the prescribed content of this draft is, as it stands, inadequate to deliver this aim. It is at once too narrowly white English and overly prescribed and too broad in the quantity and detail of the events that teachers would be required to teach.