Climate change should be removed from the national curriculum, the government adviser conducting a review of the syllabus for five to 16 year olds in England has claimed.
Tim Oates said schools ought to choose whether or not to teach the subject as he called for the curriculum to “get back to the science in science”.
Mr Oates, whose review will be published later this year, told a newspaper the syllabus should be stripped back to focus on core areas of scientific knowledge such as gravity and oxidation.
He said teachers should instead be able to make individual choices about what topics are relevant for them to cover.
“We have believed that we need to keep the national curriculum up to date with topical issues, but oxidation and gravity don’t date,” he said.
“We are not taking it back 100 years, we are taking it back to the core stuff.
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