School history gets the TV treatment

Michael Gove is bringing in celebrities to revamp school history teaching. That’s not what’s needed, says James Vernon.

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, a sculpture by Yinka Shonibare installed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, reflects the importance of history to our identity. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Michael Gove’s appointment of Simon Schama to restructure history teaching in  schools offers a little reassurance that it is now acknowledged there is some public value to the teaching of history, despite the removal of funding for it at university level.

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