Dozens of state schools are failing to enter any pupils for GCSEs in history, amid fears that the subject is seen as too hard. Data from the Department for Education shows 40 schools in England shunned history qualifications for 14-to-16-year-olds altogether last year. The official figures also reveal that 47 schools failed to ensure that a single pupil left with at least a C grade in the subject.
1969 Francis Bacon painting fetches $142m at auction
A painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud has become the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. The triptych, Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969), fetched $142m (£89m, 106m euros) after six minutes of bidding at Christie’s auction house in New York.
Slang and swear words ‘helped soldiers survive the First World War’
Canadian soldiers coped with life on the front line during the First World War by developing their own ‘trench language’, new research suggests. In a study published in War in History, Dr Tim Cook from the Canadian War Museum reveals soldiers swore habitually and renamed objects and events to reduce the terror of war.
Bone fragments and bangles discovered in suspected Roman child coffin
Archaeologists have opened a lead coffin believed to date from the third century AD. Inside the coffin, discovered by metal detectorist Chris Wright in a field close to the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border, a team of six archaeologists found tiny bone fragments embedded in layers of clay silt.
Britain’s youngest WW1 soldier was a boy aged 12
A schoolboy who fought on the Somme after lying about his age has been declared the youngest authenticated combatant of the First World War. Private Sidney Lewis joined the East Surreys at Kingston in August 1915, aged 12, and fought on the Somme front for six weeks at the age of 13.