Following a review of the National Curriculum, it was announced last week by the Rt Hon Michael Gove, MP, Secretary of State for Education that the key stage 1 and key stage 3 curriculum for History will no longer include the life and work of Florence Nightingale as a significant historical individual to study. Whilst it is proposed that the lives of Mary Seacole and Edith Cavel be included, it has omitted any reference to Florence Nightingale, her role in nursing or her contribution to the wider issues surrounding public health, and the emancipation of women in the Victorian era.
Please see the consultation attached, History, Key Stage 1 features on page 205 and Key Stage 3 on page 209.
The Council members of the Nightingale Fellowship are strongly opposed to this proposal and have set up a petition to Government to request this omission be reconsidered. Below is the link to the e-petition and as council members we urge you to sign this in support.
The revised National Curriculum has entered a period of consultation which concludes on August 8th 2013. This means that we have until then to influence the Secretary of State and raise our concerns.
The Nightingale Museum, visited by numerous school children studying the life of Florence Nightingale, is also working to raise concerns.
We would welcome your support in any way that you feel would be beneficial.
The members of council have approached their local MP’s and have written to Michael Gove through this channel. We would encourage you to do the same.
For any further information or to send us your comments, please email Dr Emily McWhirter at the Nightingale Fellowship: [email protected]
In an era when Nursing faces intense scrutiny, and poor standards of care for patients in our hospitals are reported on a daily basis, the influences and doctrines of Florence Nightingale have never been more important.
On behalf of the Council members, I thank you for your support,
Dr Emily McWhirter