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Curriculum Planning

Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action he is taking to ensure that in all curriculum planning there are adequate resources of materials and teachers to overcome the traditional view of sex roles in comprehensive schools.

My Department drew the curricular implications of the Sex Discrimination Act to the attention of local education authorities in DES circular 2/76. Authorities were subsequently asked to report on steps taken to comply with the intentions of the Act in the review of local authority arrangements for the school curriculum, published on 14 November.The planning of the curriculum, provision of resource materials and the training of teachers to meet these requirements remain matters for individual authorities and schools. In the forthcoming consultations on a national framework for the curriculum, my right hon. and learned Friend will continue to bear in mind the need to ensure equality of educational opportunity for boys and girls.