European Union slashed from the National Curriculum
A new geography curriculum – published on Thursday – makes no reference to the economic and political union.
It stands in stark contrast to the existing document introduced under Labour which requires pupils to study the EU at primary and secondary school.
Whitehall insiders warned that the EU was seen as a political and economic entity and had no place in geography lessons.
New history and citizenship syllabuses make reference to the UK’s relationship with Europe but make no mention of the EU itself.
The disclosure is likely to delight Conservative Eurosceptics just weeks after David Cameron promised an in/out referendum on Europe if the Tories win the next General Election.
A Department for Education source said: “The EU is a political and economic entity rather than a geographical phenomenon, so we and our expert group agreed that teaching about it should not be specified in the geography programmes of study.”
A failure to cover the EU comes despite two mentions in the existing curriculum, which will be phased out in 2014.
Pupils in primary schools should "study a range of places and environments in the world, including the European Union", it says.
At secondary level, the study of geography should include "the European Union and regions or countries in different states of development".
The new curriculum – principally for five- to 14-year-olds – covers all major subjects.
It says that left-handed pupils should “receive specific teaching to meet their needs” in English.
The science curriculum introduces pupils to lessons in evolution at the age of nine and climate change in secondary school.
Financial education forms part of maths and citizenship lessons.
Graeme Paton, Education Editor, Telegraph online here
Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 March 2013 11:38)