Just how feeble is the grasp that Nick Gibb has of current educational provision in history (about which he sounds off more often than is good for him) was highlighted by his Durham speech today
From September, the new history GCSE will be studied, which will supplement 20th-century global history with British depth studies, from the reign of King Edward I to the English Civil War and Restoration.
What he fails to say, of course, if that these British depth studies are episodic not continuous. There is still no provision for the sort of uninterrupted, chronological, political history from Magna Carta to the Bill of Rights that he dreams of and seems to think that his government has provided. If only he would read the specifications! Who can he blame now?