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Further Education (Curricula)

Volume 887: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he has for funding the development of an appropriate curriculum in further education suitable to young people who will enter the colleges when part-time day release provision is extended; and if he will make a statement.

My Department does not normally give separate financial support for further education curriculum development. A significant amount of this work is undertaken by the various further education examining and validating bodies in their respective fields and I have no plans at present to change this arrangement. I agree with the view which has been expressed by a number of interested bodies that any extension of day release would need to be preceded by appropriate curriculum development.