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A Response to the DfE’s Draft National Curriculum for History

The Government's draft proposals for the history curriculum have  prompted a lively response from academic historians and the teaching profession. History, it is clear, matters, and Politeia's curriculum series has itself encouraged fresh discussion in the press (click here to read media coverage).

On Thursday 11th April the authors of  Politeia’s History in the New Curriculum joined us to discuss the government's draft framework and Politeia's response. Are ministers broadly right that history matters? Should the history of this country take precedence and how far should the curriculum cover European or World history? How ambitious should the time frame be?

David Abulafia FBA is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge and contributed to History in the New Curriculum

Jonathan Clark is Hall Distinguished Professor of British History at the University of Kansas and contributed to History in the New Curriculum

Robert Tombs is Professor of French History at the University of Cambridge, author of Lessons from History and contributed to History in the New Curriculum.

The seminar marked the publication of Politeia's formal response to the consultation.

Keep up to date with Politeia’s Economic Programme

Politeia’s economic series considers the serious questions which policymakers in the UK, and overseas, must address if western economies are to recover and compete globally.

Themes covered in the series include:

  • Fiscal stability
  • Structural economic reform
  • Levels of tax and public spending consistent with growth

These, and more, are all considered by a distinguished authorial team of economists. Recent studies have included:

Going for Growth: The best course for sustained economic recovery by Dr Norbert Hoekstra, Dr Ludger Shuknecht and Dr Holger Zemanek.

Realistic Recovery: Why Keynesian Solutions Will Not Work, by Prof Vito Tanzi.


Recent events have included:

A Diverse Economy - Diverse Business Models with The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP

Cutting Tax - and costs - to Business with Dr Ludger Schuknecht, David Gauke MP, and Alister Heath

Economics vs Politics in the USA - will the politicians get in the way of US growth? with Dr Irwin Stelzer

Commercialising Scientific Inventions with Sir Gregory Winter

Recent Event: Winning at Home, Winning Abroad: How can that become Britain's Business Slogan?

The UK’s recovery will depend on the strength of British business and its success in competing for markets at home and overseas. Whatever its size — small, medium, or large — business needs the right conditions to do well: a competitive tax system, freedom from strangling regulation from the UK or the EU; access to credit and a labour market which encourages employment and the able and entrepreneurial to find and keep jobs.

What steps are needed if policy is to encourage such recovery? On 25th March, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, delivered Politeia’s Spring Address.  Discussing the priorities for policy if business is to recover and grow, he considered the concerns of business, including tackling both poor and over-regulation, accessing finance, and competing in a global market.


A Diverse Economy—Diverse Business Models

Successful economies take many forms, fostering growth and entrepreneurship across a range of business models. The UK today has around 4.5m businesses which employ 23 million people. Most of these (90 per cent) are small enterprises with fewer than 50 employees. What is less well known, however, is that business takes many legal forms. These range from sole proprietorships (2.8 million ) to partnerships (450,000), and limited companies (1.3 million).

Whatever their model, all business must compete, not just at home, but internationally for their goods and markets. Government policy can make a huge difference to whether business can compete successfully at home and abroad and grow without the burdens and costs that can hold back success. With Recovery and Growth at the centre of the policy agenda, what steps are needed to encourage the different UK business models?

On 19th March, Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy at the Cabinet Office, spoke at Politeia on A Diverse Economy—Diverse Business Models as part of Politeia’s Recovery and Growth Series.

This event was kindly supported by the John Lewis Partnership

Economics V Politics in Obama's USA—Will the politicians get in the way of US growth?

As Barack Obama begins his second term at the White House, US economic data suggests the economy may grow relatively rapidly by the end of 2013.

But, as Dr Irwin Stelzer explained, much will depend on what the politicians do. Will they avoid creating still more problems? And what about 'all those dollars' being printed to target unemployment? Dr Irwin Stelzer discussed what impact that will have over the long term, and on the new regime at the Bank of England.

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