|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||21 October 2013|
Dear Nightingale Society member
The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove, has announced that Nightingale will remain on the National Curriculum after all. The news came from a letter by the Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, the Rt Hon Simon Hughes, to our member Wendy Mathews, who had written him as a neighbouring constituent.
The Nightingale Society sent a brief to the department’s consultation. We also sent an email letter to all M.P.s explaining why Nightingale should be included in the National Curriculum. The Florence Nightingale Foundation did a good letter, and several other organizations sent letters or briefs in as well.
Caroline Nokes, M.P. for Romsey (the Nightingales’ Embley Park is in her constituency), worked behind the scenes on this. Much appreciated by yours ever gratefully….
Many thanks to Nightingale Society members who wrote their own and neighbouring M.P.s.
Reason prevailed! Thus Nightingale will remain on the curriculum, with Mary Seacole. Inclusion does not mean the person will be taught, nor exclusion forbid teaching any person. Our next goal must be to ensure that there is better coverage of Nightingale, and that the inaccurate information about Seacole be replaced with accurate.
Our submission stressed that Nightingale was needed for her work on statistics and health care more broadly, and should get coverage in the upper years as well as lower.
We would be happy to hear from Nightingale Society members of any concerns or opportunities to speak up on these matters.
Postscript: See Lynn McDonald’s comment piece in Lib Dem Voice, 23 October 2013.