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History is on the retreat in our schools and our culture more generally. When, as education minster in Margaret Thatcher’s government, I established the national curriculum in the 1980s, history was taken by all pupils up to the age of 16. This was later reduced to 14. The only other country in Europe that allows this is Albania.

We need to interest all our young people in our past—not just those who attend independent or grammar schools, or academies. And as a result of the immigration of the last 50 years, we are now home to people from more than…

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