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Religious Education

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent steps she has taken to draw to the attention of local education authorities their legal duties under sections 25 to 30 and the fifth schedule to the Education Act 1944; and what further action she envisages.

My Department's circular 14/77, which invited local education authorities to review their curricular arrangements, included questions about the arrangements for religious education in county schools; the help given to teachers in implementing the agreed syllabus; and the arrangements for periodic review of the agreed syllabus. I shall be consulting appropriate interests further when a summary of the replies is available.