Time Team presenter Tony Robinson lays into Michael Gove for scrapping archeology A-level

Time Team presenter Tony Robinson blames Michael Gove for scrapping archeology A level

Time Team presenter Tony Robinson (Wikimedia)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Time Team presenter Tony Robinson believes plans to scrap the archeology A-level were hatched on Michael Gove's watch as education secretary, and his successor Justine Greening has not yet realised the damage this plan will cause.

Exam board AQA has announced it will scrap the archeology A level, a decision which has prompted a petition with almost 6,000 signatures. The board has also announced an end to A-levels in history of art and classical civilisation.

Robinson, who also starred as Baldrick in Blackadder, told Sam Delaney he thinks "this happened on Michael Gove's watch when he was in charge of education.

"Now we've got a new minister in, Justine Greening, and my guess is she's not really through her brief fully yet and hasn't realised the terrible damage and impact this will do.

"I think it's time for the government to have a look at this, and have a rethink. We actually need a load more archeologists because of all the big infrastructure things that our government is planning.

"All of the [building plans] need to be properly archeology tested before the work begins and we're just not going to have the archeologists to do it."

Listen to the full interview to find out more 

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