The treasure house of a nation? Literary heritage, curriculum and devolution in Scotland and England in the twenty-first century

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JournalCurriculum Journal
DateE-pub ahead of print - 5 Mar 2014
DatePublished (current) - 2014
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)282-300
Early online date5/03/14
Original languageEnglish


In January 2012, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announced a radical measure that would see every Scottish school student study a Scottish text from a prescribed list. In 2010, Michael Gove announced that ‘Our literature is the best in the world’ and that every pupil should study particular authors. The ‘cultural heritage’ model of English is increasingly dismissed by teachers and students However, it is this ‘cultural heritage’ model which is preserved in the discourse of politicians. This paper explores the role that literary heritage texts play in the discourse of education policy in the context of devolution in twenty-first century Britain and considers the drivers and differences which can be seen in England and Scotland.


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