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Schoolchildren (Medical Instruction)

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what medical instruction is given in schools; and if he has any proposals for the future.

Medical instruction is not a normal feature in schools. Most schools include programmes of general health education in their curriculum. No change in this arrangement is contemplated at present. Health education is listed in the consultative document "A Framework for the School Curriculum" as one of a number of topics which it suggests should find a place at some stage in the education of every pupil. My right hon. and learned Friend will shortly be discussing the proposals in that document with the major interested parties.